Meeting Archive:
Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Self-testing in sub-Saharan Africa

Meeting Description:

The HANC-facilitated Youth Prevention Research Working Group (YPRWG) would like to invite you to a webinar on adolescent self-testing. Testing rates are lower than needed in many hyper-endemic areas. HIV self-testing is one possible solution to overcome barriers to traditional HIV clinic based testing. YPRWG co-chair, Dr. Audrey Pettifor (UNC), along with Dr. Sandra McCoy (UC-Berkeley), will discuss efforts to increase self-testing in adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. McCoy will present about a recent project to develop 'girl-friendly' drug shops in Tanzania as a venue where young women can access HIV prevention services and contraception. Drug shops are located in urban and rural settings and can promote beneficial health behaviors, bridge gaps in health services, and mitigate health workforce shortages. Dr. McCoy will explain their approach that used tools from human centered design and behavioral economics, and will present the results from a pilot study of the approach.

South Africa has the most adolescent girls and young women ages 15-24 years living with HIV in the world. Dr. Pettifor will discuss a trial conducted in rural South Africa that enrolled 287 young women. 146 women were randomized to an HIV clinical test arm and 141 to the choice arm (HIV clinical test or HIV self-test kit). Dr. Pettifor will share the results of the trial.

Date: Tue, May 26, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Youth Prevention Research Working Group
 Presenter Information
Dr. Audrey Pettifor
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Dr. Audrey Pettifor is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on sexual behavior and determinants of HIV/STI infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Her goal is to identify modifiable risk factors and develop novel interventions to prevent new HIV infections—particularly among adolescents and young women. Dr. Pettifor has expertise in sexual behavior, HIV prevention, HIV testing and structural interventions among adolescents and young adults in sub-Saharan Africa, and has published extensively in the area of HIV and sexual behavior among youth in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Pettifor has worked in South Africa for close to 20 years and has also conducted research in Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Demographic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Sandra McCoy
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Sandra McCoy is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) School of Public Health. She studies how social, economic, and cultural forces influence disease transmission and health outcomes. During the past several years, Dr. McCoy has explored these relationships through the lens of HIV infection and reproductive health. Using a diverse array of approaches, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable strategies to overcome global health challenges.