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IAPAC, RI-MUHC, SYMPACT-X Announce Partnership to Implement HIVSmart!™ Self-Testing App in High HIV Burden Fast-Track Cities

By Madhukar Pai Moderator | 18 Sep, 2017

Please see this release today by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), and SYMPACT-X, announcing a partnership to implement HIVSmart!™ – a software application that facilitates HIV self-testing, linkages to care, and retention in care – in high HIV burden Fast-Track Cities worldwide.

http://www.iapac.org/uploads/IAPAC-RI-MUHC-SYMPACT-X-HIVSmart-FTC-Partnership...

HIVSmart!™ is a multilingual, portable software application that has been tested in well-designed studies in Canada and South Africa in four diverse patient populations: 1) high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM); 2) at-risk community clinic attendees; 3) low-risk healthcare professionals; and 4) low-risk student populations. The app, which works with any approved HIV self-test, provides a risk assessment tool to
evaluate a user’s HIV exposure risk, user-friendly information to facilitate the self-testing process, test interpretation, and personalized linkages that reduce delays in care. In addition, the app based program assists with retention in care through enhanced patient-provider communication. The platform is confidential and HIPPA compliant and is currently available in six global languages.

For more details, also see this Huff Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/nitika-pant-pai-/hiv-self-testing_b_13333368.html

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Mikashmi Kohli Replied at 12:17 PM, 18 Sep 2017

Congratulations to the team for developing this app! With the widespread advertisement of this app and also it being available in different languages, it will reach out to a lot of people globally.
Just wanted to know if this app is both android and iOS based? And also if you could tell us when will this app be available for use?

Nikki Pant Pai Replied at 10:47 AM, 19 Sep 2017

Hi Mikashmi,
Thank you for your interest in HIVSmart!
Yes, it is available for both iOS and Android phones/tablets.
It will soon be made available for use.
We will let you all know.
For specific questions, please email me at .

Cheers!
Nikki

Dr Nitika Pant Pai MD., MPH., PhD
Associate Professor. Medicine. 
McGill University
Divisions of Clinical Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases
McGill University Health Centre 
Montreal
QC H4A 3S5
Phone: 514-934-1934 x44729 
email:
website: www.nitikapantpai.com
Twitter: @nikkipantpai
LinkedIN: Nitika(Nikki) Pant Pai

Mikashmi Kohli Replied at 3:05 AM, 20 Sep 2017

Thank you for your reply Dr. Nitika. This looks great!

Looking forward to this app!

Regards,
Mikashmi

Joanita Nangendo Replied at 11:29 PM, 20 Sep 2017

Hi Nikki,

Thanks for the great information. I am excited to see how this works. It
could resolve similar problems in sub-saharan Africa.

Emmanuel Fajardo Replied at 11:24 AM, 2 Oct 2017

Dear Nikki,

Many thanks for sharing the information about the availability of HIVSmart! for both iOS and Android phones/tablets.

My concern is that smartphone penetration in Africa is still very low compared to normal cell phones, so apart from South Africa and perhaps Nigeria, I think this app will be difficult to implement in rural Africa, particularly in remote settings where there is the greatest need for HIV Self-testing.

I'd love to hear from you about which countries you think the app could be initially launched? Has any survey on smartphone use been carried out to assess this?

Regards,
Emmanuel

Simon Collery Replied at 11:38 AM, 2 Oct 2017

It would be great to make HIV testing available to more people who need it, but I don't think there should be worries about reaching people in remote and rural areas. High HIV prevalence tends to cluster in a few areas in most countries, and in many cases those clusters are in cities. In addition, in many high prevalence countries, though not all, HIV prevalence is lower among poorer people. In contrast, it tends to be higher among people who are employed, and live in or close to a heavily populated area, often an urban area. This clustering is very strong in certain countries, such as Kenya, where the vast majority of infections occur in a few relatively small geographical areas.

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