MONTREAL – A group of Montreal researchers have developed a smartphone and tablet application, which people say can help people identify HIV through self-test – if such tests have been approved in Canada.
Researchers from the McGill University Health Center and a Montreal health clinic have tested HIVSmart! Application of 451 people in a study conducted in 2016 and 2017.
Participants were given a tablet with a saliva-based self-test and application, which guided them through the process of performing and interpreting the test, storing the results, and linking them to treatment.
It was found that 0.7 percent of those tested had a virus and connected to a physician the same day. In the study, all the results were found to be accurate when tested against more traditional detection methods.
The researchers concluded that the implementation-based process was risk acceptable and feasible am for participants and had the potential to promote increased screening in populations with higher risk for HIV.
In Canada, these populations include men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, indigenous peoples, and immigrants from countries where the virus is common.
39 Promoting screening reduces the number of people who don't know their HIV status, puts HIV positive people into treatment quickly, so their viruses become undetectable, and ultimately destroy HIV, "Rejean Thomas said. Statement.
Since HIV self-test kits in the home have not yet been approved in Canada, participants took the tests in a clinical setting and the results were confirmed by a blood test.
The study was conducted between July 2016 and February 2017 in Montreal on men aged between 18 and 73 years who had sex with other men.
Approximately 99 percent of them found the application useful and said it would be willing to recommend a friend or partner, according to a study published in Medical Internet Research Journal earlier this week, at 94 percent.
The World Health Organization proposed countries implementing self-testing strategies as a way to reduce the number of people living with unrecognized HIV.
A global strategy to eradicate AIDS includes the goal of knowing 95 per cent of all people living with HIV by 2030.