Recent evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa on the impact and uptake of HIV self-testing (HIVST) has supported WHO policy change. Many African countries have adopted HIVST as an additional strategy to reach untested populations. The Global Fund, with support from CIFF in 2021, has made a significant investment in Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania and Cameroon to address gaps in HIV testing and treatment; catalyse effective use of HIVST 10x Investment in Nigeria and Ugandacountry allocations; integrate cost-effectiveness in HIV program implementation and ensure national targets are achieved.
The HIVST 10X investment aims to accelerate a self-care revolution to de-medicalise HIV testing and prevention within broader sexual & reproductive health. Governments will experience how de-medicalisation can relieve pressure on the health system, with knock-on effects for the broader self-care agenda.