Blood-borne virus and STI self-testing❗Student Projects Available

Interested in researching this? Contact Brendan Harney: [email protected].

Self-testing for blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is recommended by the World Health Organization as a way to overcome barriers to testing among key population groups.

In an Australian context, HIV self-testing is now available, however implementation and uptake has been suboptimal. Self-testing options for hepatitis C and syphilis exist, however there is a lack of Australian research on these, including the perspectives of the key population groups affected who are people who inject drugs and gay and bisexual men.

Burnet is leading a range of studies related to self-testing which will generate vital evidence to inform the upscale and implementation of self-testing in an Australian context. These include:

  • Designing, conducting, and analyzing surveys on hepatitis C self-testing among people who inject drugs
  • Human-centered design research on digital platforms for HIV self-testing
  • Designing and conducting discrete choice experiments on syphilis self-testing for gay and bisexual men
  • Undertaking interviews with these people and other key stakeholders to gain an understanding of how self-testing may be integrated into existing services



Want to undertake this research? Contact Brendan Harney: [email protected].

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