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Self-collection of Samples for STI Testing in Rakai, Uganda

Associate Name: Caitlin Kennedy

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: HPC Pilot Research Program and Alliance for a Healthier World 08/14/2019 - 08/13/2020

Project Description

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are of global concern with rates hypothesized to be rising in settings where HIV is coming under control. Syndromic management of STIs is a common approach to STI case detection in resource-limited settings but experts doubt its ability to impact STI burden. Self-collection of samples (SCS) for STI testing may be a way to facilitate the expansion of STI diagnostic services. However, little research exists on the implementation of SCS in sub-Saharan Africa. This study aims to strengthen the evidence base for SCS for STI testing by assessing the validity and acceptability of SCS methods in Rakai, Uganda. Findings will be used to support future research on SCS for STI testing interventions and HIV/STI service integration.