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The Association between Intimate Partner Violence and Women’s Distribution and Use of HIV Self-Tests with Male Partners: Evidence from a Cohort Study in Kenya

Citation

Schaffer, Elisabeth M.; Agot, Kawango E.; & Thirumurthy, Harsha (2017). The Association between Intimate Partner Violence and Women's Distribution and Use of HIV Self-Tests with Male Partners: Evidence from a Cohort Study in Kenya. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 76(3), e85-7. PMCID: PMC6666416

Abstract

Increasing awareness of HIV status is essential for meeting the first of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets which requires that 90% of people living with HIV know their status by 2020 (1). Low rates of HIV testing among men and couples constitute missed opportunities to link individuals to appropriate interventions and prevent HIV transmission (2–5). Innovative strategies are therefore needed to promote HIV testing among men and couples. HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a promising approach that has high acceptability in diverse settings and populations (6–9). Following the World Health Organization’s recent call for the scale-up of HIVST (10), there is a vital need for strategies that make self-tests available to individuals who do not utilize existing HIV testing services (8,11). One approach that has shown promise is the provision of multiple self-tests to women seeking antenatal and postpartum care for the purpose of "secondary distribution” to male partners.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/qai.0000000000001502

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

Author(s)

Schaffer, Elisabeth M.
Agot, Kawango E.
Thirumurthy, Harsha

PMCID

PMC6666416