House-to-House HCV Micro-Elimination Program in Pakistan: Secondary Distribution of HCV Self-Testing
A study, published in BMC Public Health, evaluated the acceptability and impact of home delivery of HCV self-testing for secondary distribution in the context of a house-to-house HCV micro-elimination program in Karachi, Pakistan.
The primary objective of the study was to assess the impact of HCV self-testing on HCV antibody testing rates. The secondary objectives were to assess the impact of HCV self-testing on linkage to and completion of HCV RNA confirmatory testing in HCV antibody-positive individuals and treatment initiation in HCV RNA-positive individuals eligible to begin treatment; to assess the acceptability and feasibility of HCV self-testing; and to assess the cost and cost-effectiveness of HCV self-testing compared with facility-based testing.
Full study results can be accessed here.