Social Harms Reporting Framework for HIV Self-Testing

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Unitaid-PSI / HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Research Program (August 2016).

This manual, which presents a framework for reporting social harms and adverse events related to HIV self-testing (HIVST), was developed by the STAR Initiative for use in Malawi. The appendix presents a four-level system for grading social harms and adverse events, ranging from mild to very severe. For each level of severity, a list of reporting actions is provided. Program implementers may find this manual and the appendix useful for developing a reporting system and training staff or community volunteers on proper steps for reporting social harms and adverse events.

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