On March 10, 2020, USC IIGH hosted Herta Oliveira, Visiting Scholar, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, Keck School of Medicine,
PhD Student, University of São Paulo, Brazil, for a presentation titled “Oral HIV Self-Testing for Men Who Have Sex with Men in Brazil”
In Brazil, although HIV testing ART, PEP and PrEP are freely distributed, the prevalence of HIV infection is 22-fold higher in men who have sex with men than the general population. New testing technologies are being implemented to facilitate access to HIV testing but these must be assessed for their ability to reduce vulnerability and ensure the rights of these individuals to access health programs. The study’s aim was to analyze how this group feels about the oral HIV self-test where services are freely available. A cross-sectional study with a qualitative approach was developed in institutions participating in the study “A Hora é Agora-SP”, in the city of São Paulo. Data were collected by means of a semi-structured interview, Data analysis is being conducted, and preliminary results will be presented.
Visiting Scholar, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health Keck School of Medicine,
PhD Student, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Herta Oliveira is a Visiting Scholar at IIGH. She is a nurse, with a master’s degree in Public Health from the Federal University of Ceara, and currently, doing her PhD at the University of São Paulo. Herta’s area of study and research is HIV/AIDS and associated diseases. Herta received a grant from the Brazilian Government to do part of her PhD with us here at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.