Designing innovations to support HIV self-testing

Human-centered design to increase HIV self-testing uptake and linkage to care in Kenya.
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

HIV self-testing kits offer a unique and crucial opportunity to address the current gap in HIV testing linked to care. Evidence shows that HIV self-testing can increase uptake among certain populations that are currently not reachable by existing channels, and that testing frequency can also be increased among certain populations with high ongoing risk of HIV infections. Uptake of HIV testing and knowledge of status is particularly low among men, adolescents and key populations.

Scope worked in 2018 in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, and focused on innovations seeking to increase uptake of HIV self-testing among young men. Through a human-centered design approach, we identified consumer preferences and needs, and co-design and test concepts to increase the demand for self-testing kits. We also explored how to facilitate the subsequent linkage to care.

This work was carried out with our partners, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation and Unitaid.

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