LSTM is working to bring lessons from the global South to HIV testing to Liverpool through our role in coordinating the HIV Fast Track Cities Initiative that brings together local government, civil society and health services.
Uptake of HIV testing within black African communities in Liverpool- reaching the unreached with a tailored HIV self-testing pilot study
Since the beginning of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, more than 70 million people have been infected and about 35 million people have died of HIV. Currently, there are approximately 37 million people living with HIV globally. It is estimated that there are 101,600 people living with HIV in the UK.
HIV testing and treatment is free and available to everyone in the UK, however, a high number of individuals in the UK remain undiagnosed and rates of late diagnosis remain high. In the North West of England, black Africans are more likely to be diagnosed late than the white population (68% and 43% respectively).
HIV self-testing has proved effective in reaching untested populations in Africa and this project aims to explore the key barriers to HIV testing within African black minority ethnic (BME) communities in Liverpool to inform the design of an HIV self-testing pilot tailored to the needs of the communities.
Increasing uptake of testing will reduce the numbers of undiagnosed infections, improve outcomes and reduce onward transmission of HIV.
This Directors Catalyst Fund project aims to increase the uptake of HIV testing within communities living in Liverpool through a tailored HIV self-testing distribution model.