Final meeting of a project “Piloting HIV self-testing strategies for partners of the key populations”
In 2020-2021, with financial support of WEEPI (Western-Eastern European Partnership Initiative on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and TB), Tanadgoma implemented a project “Piloting HIV self-testing strategies for partners of the key populations”. The project aimed at increasing coverage of sexual partners of MSM, female and transgender sex workers through piloting HIV self-testing delivery strategies.
The project included three phases of research:
- Participatory Action Research
- Identifying HIV self-testing strategies using qualitative research methods
- Piloting HIV self-testing strategies among sexual partners of MSM, transgender and women sex workers through quantitative research – pragmatic trial
On December 30, 2021 an online meeting was conducted in order to present results of the conducted research. Representatives of various state, non-governmental and community organizations attended the meeting, such as Country Coordination Mechanism, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgian Association of Dermato-Venerologists, Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center, UN agencies (WHO, UNFPA), Georgian Harm Reduction Network, “Equality Movement”, “Temida”, Bemoni Public Union, etc.
Findings, results and recommendations of the research were presented at the meeting, followed by the discussion.
Based on the research results, Tanadgoma plans to use the same three-phase approach to study HIV self-testing strategies among partners of other key populations. Also, it is envisaged to use different interventions, inclusion of several cities into the project, etc.