VIBRA investigated HIV medication pick-up in the village, coordinated by a village health worker, directly after treatment start at home. The results published in the PLOS Medicine show that this approach did not lead to better outcomes than medication pick-up at the clinic and rather raised concerns.
The costing analysis of HOSENG trial demonstrated that – although the oral HIV self-test is more expensive than the standard blood-based HIV test – the cost per person tested was lower in the intervention than control group!
HOSENG trial, the first part of GET ON, was published The Lancet HIV in October 2020!
The large-scale randomized study included over 150 villages with more than 7,000 inhabitants. Secondary distribution of HIV self-tests during the home-based testing campaign improved HIV test rate by 21%, and was particularly successful among men, migrant workers and adolescents. Read the detailed results here and the entire issue (including a covering COMMENT by Sibanda et al.) here.
In a sub-study (ADORE study), we analyzed the strategy among adolescents and young adults and supplemented the research with interviews. The results were published in a Special Issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society in September 2020. Read the publication here.
Last but not least, The Lancet HIV recorded a podcast with us, find it here.
Data collection for primary endpoint of HOSENG trial has closed and preliminary results are out now!
We are currently analyzing and writing up the results. At the same time, we want ot make sure that the results are not only being shared on an international level through peer-reviewed publications, but also on a local level (district-segregated) :
1) ‘Me Mathebe presenting the results at the primary health care meeting in Butha-Buthe town in front of the District Health Management Team (Ministry of Health) and all health center representatives of the district.
2) Ntate Khesa doing the same in Mokhotlong: Presenting the results at the primary health care meeting in Mokhotlong town in front of the District Health Management Team (Ministry of Health) and all health center representatives of the district.
We will keep you updated about the first official publication of the results.