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Costing Analysis of an SMS-based Intervention to Promote HIV Self-testing amongst Truckers and Sex workers in Kenya

Costing Analysis of an SMS-based Intervention to Promote HIV Self-testing amongst Truckers and Sex workers in Kenya

HIV testing rates in many sub-Saharan African countries have remained suboptimal, and there is an urgent need to explore strategic yet cost-effective approaches to increase the uptake of HIV testing, especially among high-risk populations.

Whilst the availability of HIVST increased HIV testing among both truckers and FSWs, the cost of providing HIVST is higher than that of a routine health facility-based test, driven primarily by the price of the HIV self-test kit. Future research needs to identify strategies which
increase demand for HIVST, and determine whether these strategies and the subsequent increased demand for HIVST are cost-effective in relation to the conventional facility based testing currently available.

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