HIVSmart! App Uses Mobile Technology to Link Self-Testing to Care and Counseling

HIVSmart! App Uses Mobile Technology to Link Self-Testing to Care and Counseling

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Home-based HIV testing is a relatively new development in HIV diagnosis, and it is still somewhat controversial. Many providers and advocates have questioned whether people who test while home and alone would be able to deal with a positive diagnosis -- and whether they would follow up to be linked to care. Some have wondered whether people would take the test and vanish. However, at the Controlling the Epidemic Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2018, Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at McGill University, presented her implementation research on HIVSmart!, a home-based test with an app to connect people to care, showing that home testing need not mean that people find out their status and disappear due to shame and self-stigma.

Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Kenyon on Twitter: @kenyonfarrow.

Image Credit: LDProd for iStock via Thinkstock

Home-based HIV testing is a relatively new development in HIV diagnosis, and it is still somewhat controversial. Many providers and advocates have questioned whether people who test while home and alone would be able to deal with a positive diagnosis -- and whether they would follow up to be linked to care. Some have wondered whether people would take the test and vanish. However, at the Controlling the Epidemic Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2018, Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at McGill University, presented her implementation research on HIVSmart!, a home-based test with an app to connect people to care, showing that home testing need not mean that people find out their status and disappear due to shame and self-stigma.

Kenyon Farrow is the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Kenyon on Twitter: @kenyonfarrow.

Image Credit: LDProd for iStock via Thinkstock