RI-MUHC researchers conduct first-of-its-kind HIV self-testing program in Montreal.
HIV self-testing strategies have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2016, as they empower people to find out HIV their status at their convenience. Home-based testing kits have yet to be approved for sale in Canada. However, a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and collaborators from Clinique Médicale l’Actuel, in Montreal, evaluated an unsupervised HIV self-testing program via a smartphone and tablet application called HIVSmart!, among an at-risk population (men who have sex with men). The findings of the study by Dr. Nitika Pai's team– a Canada-first – have been published online this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.