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About HIVST

HIVST.org is a collaborative effort to generate and share information and resources with the global public health community, civil society groups, health policy makers, and programme managers.

What is HIVST?

HIV self-testing is the process in which a person collects his or her own specimen (oral fluid or blood) and then performs an HIV test and interprets the result, often in a private setting, either alone or with someone he or she trusts. 

HIVST does not provide a definitive HIV-positive diagnosis. All reactive (positive) self-test results need to be confirmed by a trained tester using a validated national testing algorithm. Non-reactive (negative) self-test results are considered negative. However, in accordance with existing WHO HIVST guidance individuals who may have been exposed to HIV in the past 6 weeks and those at high on-going risk (such as key populations) are advised to retest.