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Providing pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa with multiple HIV self-tests can make it more likely their male partners will be tested for HIV compared to a standard approach of distributing invitation cards for clinic-based testing, according to a study in PLOS Medicine led by researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The study, titled “Promoting Partner Testing and Couples Testing through Secondary Distribution of HIV Self-Tests: A Randomized Clinical Trial” was conducted in Kenya and led by Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management. Co-authors of the piece include Suzanne Maman, PhD, professor of health behavior, Sam Masters, doctoral student of health policy and management, and Kawango Agot, director of the Impact Research and Development Organization in Kenya.

CFAR investigators Michael Hudgens, Ph.D., and Camden Bay, Ph.D., MS, from the Biostatistics Core are working closely with Dr. Thirumurthy to provide statistical analysis and consultation for the study.

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