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Oral PrEP and Male Partner HIV Self-Testing is Examined by Ngumbau, John-Stewart, and Colleagues

Posted: 12/7/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Grace John-Stewart (Global Health, Epidemiology, Medicine, and Pediatrics) published research with co-authors in JAIDS, “Cofactors of partner HIV self-testing and Oral PrEP acceptance among pregnant women at high risk of HIV in Kenya“. The study was led by Dr. Nancy Ngumbau from Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya. Oral PrEP and male partner HIV self-testing (HIVST) is being scaled up within antenatal clinics (ANC). Few data are available on how co-distribution influences acceptance of both interventions. The authors utilized data from the PrIMA (NCT03070600) trial in Kenya. Their study found that among women accepting HIVST, partner HIV testing increased from 20% to 82% and awareness of partner HIV status increased from 4.7% to 82.0% between pregnancy and 9-months postpartum. The authors conclude that understanding factors associated with accepting HIVST and PrEP can valuably inform HIV prevention programs for pregnant women.

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