Self-testing of HIV which involves training the patients to interpret and perform their own HIV test may prove to be safe, widely used and accurate method of controlling the disease, new study reveals
.According to these findings, scaling up HIV self-testing could support existing plans for the control of this deadly disease, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, as only 1 quarter of young people have had a test recently and fifty per cent of people HIV know about their status.
Scaling up HIVST could have a sustained impact on the coverage of HIV testing and care in Africa, especially for men and adolescents,” sid the authors of the study led by Liz Corbett of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues.
The group of scientists evaluate the effectiveness of the procedure in a two-year community-based prospective research of HIVST at Malawi, Blantyre.
The residents of Three-quarters in the study self-tested, also, more than half of the 1,332 participants who found they were HIV-positive accessed HIV care in recent times.
As wee as 94.6% of the participants revealed that they were most happy with HIVST even though 2.4% reported being forced to take the test, that is usually by the main partner.
No HIVST-related partner suicides or violence occurred, the study noted.
The findings appeared in the journal PLOS Medicine.