Feasibility and acceptability of HIV self-testing in adolescents and young people (FAST) study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace McHugh

Funder :European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership  

Youth have the highest incidence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa but the lowest rates of testing. The feasibility and acceptability of HIV self-testing in adolescents and young people (FAST) study will investigate whether self-testing using oral mucosal transudate tests could be a solution. Participants will have the option of downloading a mobile app, ITHAKA, which gives step by step instructions on how to test. We will distribute 5000 self-testing kits to youth aged 16-24 at tertiary education institutions and community centres, over 12 months and measure the proportion of people who complete a test and, if necessary, are linked to care.