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Read some of the work of one of our newest team members, Dr. Lina Rosengren, MD, MS in the recently published article “Will Men Who Have Sex With Men Use Short-Messaging Services to Send Photos of Completed HIV Self-Tests to Researchers?“.
The researchers combine cellphone photo technology with HIV self-testing for a reliable and relevant reporting method that works both for patients and researchers.


Acceptability and preferences for HIV self-testing are active areas of current research. Self-testing has the potential to increase access to care and regular testing behaviors for key populations globally (Figueroa, Johnson, Verster, & Baggaley, 2015; Pant Pai et al., 2013; Tucker, Wei, Pendse, & Lo, 2015; Volk et al., 2016; Young, Klausner, Fynn, & Bolan, 2014).
However, because self-testing kits can be used at one’s own convenience, one of the problems with self-testing is that it is difficult to study whether people actually use the tests. Few studies have demonstrated how to confirm the use of testing kits by study participants or their HIV test results. Combining cell phone photo technology and short-messaging service (SMS) or texting functions with HIV self-testing may prove to be an acceptable mode of reporting HIV status and self-test use to researchers.

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