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HIV Self-Testing Study

Welcome to the first HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) study conducted in Malaysia

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Service Delivery

Integrated HIV Self-testing (HIVST) Service Delivery in Malaysia for Policy and Service Development.

Duration 1st November 2020 to 31st October 2021

This pilot study is presented by the research team from Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA), University of Malaya, Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC), and Thailand’s Love Foundation, tailored to the needs of the community.

We’re committed to reaching the national goals 95-95-95 of ending AIDS, furthermore creating an enabling environment for community members in accessing HIV care services.

We know people providing the best HIV support, advice, and consulting services to improve health outcomes.

Study Objectives

  • To determine whether the availability of an online HIVST distribution service model among key populations is feasible and acceptable in Malaysia.
  • To explore the feasibility and success of the recruitment strategies for engaging infrequent and non-testers MSM, people who inject drugs (PWID), transgender women (TGW), sex workers (SW) and their sex partners.
  • To determine how people engage with the pre-test information and post-test information counselling provided within the service model.
  • To evaluate the information and resources provided in the HIVST kits.
  • To evaluate the feasibility of JOM TEST website in linking participants with reactive test results to confirmatory testing and peer support.

What is the study offering?

In the JOM TEST program, we offer two types of HIV self-test kit; blood finger-prick and oral swab to be chosen by the participant.

Sample Type Sensitivity Specificity
INSTI* HIV Self Test - finger prick >99% >99%
OraQuick* In-Home HIV Test - oral swap 92% >99%

Participants are eligible to get their HIVST self-test kits up to 3 times throughout the study at zero cost. Through the JOM TEST website, we also provide assistance in getting HIV confirmatory testing for those who are tested reactive.

Participant Information Sheet

This study aims to pilot and evaluate an integrated model for HIV self-testing (HIVST) service delivery among Malaysian key population community (men sex with men (MSM), transgender, sex workers and their sex partners) setting to increase access to HIVST.

In Malaysia, in 2019, almost half of new HIV cases (46%) were attributed to homosexual and bisexual transmission. There is a need to increased efforts to improve access to and uptake of HIV testing among key population in order to achieve 90 % of people with HIV knowing their status, 90 % linked to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90 % virally suppressed. Thus, it is important to encourage the key population to know their HIV status. HIVST is well accepted among key population as it offers privacy and they can self-test with the person they trust.

Feasibility study of an integrated HIV self-testing model in Malaysia.

Two types of HIVST test kit (fingerprick blood or oral) will be offered to be delivered to your address upon completion of registration, consent form and online survey. You need to choose only one type. You are highly encouraged to share your results with us.

None.

You are invited to participate because you are a male who have sex with men (MSM), transgender woman (TGW), sex worker or sex partner to a sex worker, at least 18 years of age, residing in Malaysia, HIV-negative or unknown HIV status, and agree to participate in the study after reading the online informed consent form.

People who are not MSM nor transgender nor sex workers nor sex partner for a sex worker, aged less than 18 years of age, resided outside Malaysia, HIV-positive status and do not agree to participate in the study after reading the online informed consent form.

You may refuse to take part in the study or you may withdraw yourself from participation in the study at any time without penalty.

Once you agreed to take part, you will be asked to answer online questionnaire survey (before test and after test). You also will be asked to provide your personal infomation for HIVST online ordering and delivery package. You are required to share your result once self-test is done. You will be contacted to join the in-depth interview for evaluation for whole program.

12 months.

Some questionnaire might be sensitive in nature and may cause discomfort while answering. However, all the responses will be treated strictly confidential.

You have an opportunity to self-test for HIV by getting a free HIVST kit from us and conduct the self-test in your own privacy.

An authorized staff from Malaysian Aids Council, investigator and co-investigators.

Yes, all the responses will be strictly confidential and will be stored anonymously in locked filing cabinets. To ensure information security and confidentiality, the website will use verified access to the original site, data encryption between personal computers and the website, and encryption of database tables. Information will be only available to users registered with a login and a safe password.

We will not be collecting any samples from you. You just need to do the self-testing for HIV by yourself and share the results with us.

You may refuse to take part in the study or you may withdraw yourself from participation in the study at any time without penalty. You are encouraged to inform the authorized staff, so we can update our databases.

Not applicable.

Once the research study stops, there will be no more data collection that involves you. However, you can always contact the facilities providing HIV self- testing kit if you are interested to do self-test.

Results from the study will be analysed anonymously and disseminated in forms of proceedings, reports and scientific articles.

No.

Malaysian AIDS Council via the The Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia (SKPA) Program by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).

Name of investigator 1: Dr Lim Sin How

  • Affiliation: Senior Lecturer
  • Telephone number (Mobile number):012-9533220

Name of investigator 2: Prof Dato’ Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman

  • Affiliation: Professor
  • Telephone number (Mobile number): N\A

Name of investigator 3: Prof Dr Wong Li Ping

  • Affiliation: Professor
  • Telephone number (Mobile number):012-2500073

Medical Research Ethics Committee University of Malaya Medical Centre

  • Telephone number: 03-7949 3209/2251

Whether you’ve tested reactive or non-reactive, below are the links for you to receive the care, treatment, and even the counselling you need.