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MUHC Researchers Develop Effective HIV Self-Testing App: Study


Dr. Nitika Pant Pai helped develop the HIVSmart! app.

Researchers at McGill University Health Center in Canada have developed an app that allows people to test themselves at home for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Credit: McGill University Health Center

An app developed by researchers at McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Canada for people who want to test themselves at home for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can potentially reduce HIV's spread and connect those who are infected with timely treatment.

The team tested the HIVSmart! app on 451 men who engage in same-sex sexual intercourse, having them take a saliva test while scrolling through the app on a tablet.

The researchers estimated that 99.3% of the study's participants were confirmed as HIV-negative after rapid self-testing, while the 0.7% confirmed as HIV-positive gained access to a Montreal physician the same day through HIVSmart!

MUHC's Nitika Pant Pai said the app's users will be able to "read everything about HIV and how to go about doing the test, and they can gauge their risk of getting HIV and they can store the result."

From Montreal Gazette (Canada)
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