The Use of HIV Self-tests to Promote Partner and Couples Testing: a Randomized Trial

2015-04-03 08:38:22 | BioPortfolio


This randomized controlled trial will explore whether the provision of oral HIV self-test kits to women can increase HIV testing among their male partners. The study will recruit adult women from antenatal care and post-partum clinics in Kisumu. Each participant will be randomized to either receive two HIV self-tests or to receive counseling referring their partner to HIV testing (standard of care). Over a 3 month period, we will obtain information from study participants on how many sexual partners they offered the tests to, the receptivity of their sexual partners to using self-tests, and the incidence of any adverse events. We will compare partner testing rates in intervention and control groups.


This randomized controlled trial will enroll women, ages 18-39, attending antenatal care (ANC) and post-partum care (PPC) at 3 sites in Kisumu, Kenya. The study's purpose is to investigate whether offering multiple HIV self-tests to women can increase the likelihood that either partner or couples HIV testing takes place.

Women who are randomized to the intervention group will be provided with multiple oral self-tests as well as information about how to use the tests and where to seek care if necessary. These women will be encouraged to give the self-tests to their sexual partners and encourage those partners to take a self-test. Women who are randomized to the control group will be offered the standard counseling to refer their partners for clinic-based HIV counseling and testing. Our hypothesis is that the intervention group will have higher uptake of HIV testing by women's partners within 3 months of enrollment in the study than the control group. Participants in the study will complete a baseline interview and a follow-up interview at 3 months post-enrollment. Qualitative in-depth interviews will be conducted with a subset of participants in the intervention group.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Screening




HIV self-test


Not yet recruiting


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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