Peer Educator Training for HIV Self-Testing

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health / International Research Consortium / Uganda Health Marketing Group.

This is a peer educator training for a three-armed cluster-randomized HIV self-testing trial among female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda, trial implemented by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the International Research Consortium and the Uganda Health Marketing Group. In the study, female sex workers (FSWs) were either directly given HIV self-tests, given a coupon to collect an HIV self-test at a pharmacy or clinic, or referred to standard of care HIV testing services. Peer educators conducted informational sessions with FSWs where they trained FSWs on how to use HIVST, distributed condoms and HIV self-tests and/or coupons exchangeable for HIV self-tests at health care facilities (implementation arms only). The study reported 82% sensitivity and 85% specificity for FSWs’ accuracy using HIVST. This PowerPoint describes the training objectives and agenda for the peer educators involved in this trial. Although performance outcomes are relatively low, this tool is notable for including training segments on maintaining confidentiality, identifying adverse events and conducting ethical interventions with key populations. The procedures for screening and reporting adverse events may be of particular interest to program implementers.

Contact: Katrina Ortblad.