Systematic review: should you offer HIV self-tests to your patients?

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  • Offering or making available HIV self-tests (HIVST) to patients could increase likelihood of testing.

Why this matters                                                                             

  • Many of those most at risk for HIV, especially young people, have not been tested for HIV.

Key results

  • In 3 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), HIVST doubled HIV testing (P=.001).
  • Studies where women received HIVST for themselves and their male partners also increased likelihood of testing.
  • Men who have sex with men took an average of 2 more HIV tests in a year via self-testing than traditional ...