2018 | STAR Initiative, Unitaid & WHO
In 2015 the Unitaid Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative began the largest evaluation of HIV self-testing. By November 2018 STAR Initiative had distributed 2.3 million HIV self-test kits in Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As a result HIV testing coverage has increased, with HIV self-testing reaching many men, young people and first-time testers. The STAR Initiative provides a strong foundation for other countries in Africa and globally to introduce HIV self-testing and allow for rapid scale-up based on the rich evidence already gathered.