Time for HIV self-testing in Canada: a vision and an action plan


  • HIV self-testing (HIVST) is effective and is used in many countries.
  • Canada lags behind by not making HIVST widely available.
  • Rapid approval of proven and affordable oral, blood-based and urine-based self-tests for key priority populations is needed to achieve Canada’s HIV testing targets.
  • HIVST should be integrated within provincial HIV testing programs and in service delivery models that are centred on self-testers, and that involve pharmacies, online or smartphone-based applications, vending machines or community-based organizations.

URL: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/192/44/E1367

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