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A Pilot Test of a Technology-delivered HIV Self-Testing Intervention in Kampala, Uganda

Key Contact: Keith Horvath

Activity Dates: 2018 to 2019

Country(ies): Uganda


Contact Information

khorvath@umn.edu

Activity Description

The purpose of this proposal is to assess the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary impact of a novel HIVST intervention in Uganda that has 2 primary components: 1) an established 24-hour call-in center staffed by medical providers who will deliver accurate HIV/STI information, perform pre- and post-test counselling, assist with conducting HIVST and interpreting the HIVST results, and referral and linkage to appropriate post-test prevention and treatment care; and 2) the use of SMS and social media streams (e.g., Facebook Messenger, direct messaging using Twitter) to “push” theoretically-grounded messages that promote HIVST and provide additional private communication routes between participants and medical provider research staff.

Activity Types

Research

Academic Health Center Units

Other Academic Health Center Units
     Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR)

School of Public Health
     Epidemiology

Other Collaborators

Agnes N. Kiragga, PhD
Head of Statistics and Research Scientist, Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

John Mark Bwanika, MBChB
Director and Head of Research, Institutional Affiliation: The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) Limited

Davis Musinguzi, MSc, MBA
Managing Director, The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) Limited

Partner Organizations

Makerere University
The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG) Limited

Sponsors

UMN CGHSR Global Health Seed Grant (2018)

Activity Topics

HIV/AIDS

Status

Current