Of Goats and Chickens: Village Leaders Champion HIV Self-Testing in Malawi

By Sabrina Sidhu, Writer, UNITAID Malicious gossip can spread faster than wildfire. Traditional leaders in rural Neno District, Malawi, are only too aware of its destructive nature. In May this year, they grew worried that rumours could jeopardize HIV self-testing, a new health service that relies on strict confidentiality for its success. HIV self-testing allows

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We Can Solve the Problems of PrEP

By Nina Hasen, Director, HIV and TB Programs, PSI At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, lots of people are talking about oral PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is the daily use of antiretrovirals to prevent HIV in those not yet infected. But not all the talk is positive. Let’s

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Why Engaging Traditional Leaders is Vital for the Success of STAR

The UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Test Africa (STAR) consortium were joined by Ministry of Health representatives from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, as well as PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing, last week in Blantyre, Malawi. The team learned firsthand how making HIV testing easier and more accessible can lead to getting people on treatment sooner. We met with

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Community Health Workers: The True Heroes of HIV Self Testing

Justin Matheson-Turner, Intern The UNITAID/PSI Self-Test AfRica (STAR) consortium were joined by members of the Ministries of Health from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, as well as PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing, last week in Blantyre, Malawi. The team learned firsthand how making HIV testing easier and more accessible can lead to getting people on treatment

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Where We’ve Come and Where We’re Going With HIVST’s

By Liz Corbett, Professor of Tropical Epidemiology, London School Hyg Trop Med & MLW Research Programme This blog post is the final piece in a series on the HIV Self-Test Africa (STAR) project, which works in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The STAR team will be in Blantyre, Malawi, from June 27 to July 1, 2016 with PSI Global Ambassador

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Bringing HIV Self-Testing Policy to the Forefront

Cheryl Johnson, World Health Organization Rachel Baggaley, World Health Organization This blog post is the third in a series of four on the HIV Self-Test AfRica (STAR) project, which works in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The STAR team will be in Blantyre, Malawi, from June 27 to July 1, 2016 with PSI Global Ambassador Debra

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WHO Announces Antiretrovirals as Early Treatment and Prevention for HIV

By Jennifer Orford Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. This year, the World

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#WorldAIDSDay

#ICYMI: TOP GLOBAL HEALTH TWEETS FROM THIS WEEK

#WorldAIDSDay #WAD2015

By D’Arcy Williams, Intern, Population Services International In case you missed all the red, Tuesday was #WorldAIDSDay. Over the last 10 years, significant global progress has been made through enormous growth of HIV treatment and a decline in the overall HIV rate. There was much to celebrate, but more work to be done. To raise

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PSI AND UNITAID LAUNCH LARGEST EFFORT EVER TO CATALYZE HIV SELF-TESTING IN AFRICA

In celebration of World AIDS Day, Population Services International (PSI) and UNITAID launch the first phase of a four-year project that will scale up HIV self-testing in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Washington, DC; Harare, Zimbabwe – November 30th, 2015 – Today, on the eve of World AIDS Day, PSI joined UNITAID, the World Health Organization and ministry of health officials from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to launch the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).

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HIV findings

5 Unexpected Findings for Preventing and Treating HIV in Hidden Populations

By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO, Strategic Information Manager A new hub, found at www.psi.org/hiv-findings/, offers the data and lessons learned from the USAID Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Central America, a five-year program funded by USAID and implemented by PSI’s network member, the Pan-American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO). The Program aims to reduce HIV transmission

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Voluntary Male Circumcision

Why 9.1 Million African Men Chose Circumcision

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications At the recent International AIDS Society conference, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that in 2014 there had been a 750 percent increase in the annual number of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcisions (VMMC) performed just four years previously in 2010. This is a tremendous scale-up for a biomedical

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HIV in Cambodia

The Story Behind the Story: Innovative Program Brings HIV Testing to Cambodian Communities

By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant Earlier this month, The Diplomat — one of the leading international news outlets for Asia-Pacific — published an article on a community-based HIV testing program in Cambodia, calling it “the first of its kind in the region”. The article describes the incredible battle Cambodians are waging against HIV, with an

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