Self-Testing for HIV and STIs at LHDs: Survey and Stories From the Field

Aug 25, 2020 | Julia Zigman (she/her)

During and beyond COVID-19, local health departments (LHDs) continue to work to find solutions so that all people have access to HIV/STI testing. Self-testing is one strategy for individuals who are unable or prefer not to visit traditional testing facilities.

In May 2020, NACCHO conducted a brief survey to assess local health departments’ (LHDs) HIV self-testing capacity and challenges. The findings from the survey are available on our blog. The survey highlighted multiple facilitators and challenges to implementing non clinic-based self-collected testing, including a need for information about the variety of approaches health departments use to implement innovative HIV testing strategies.

To help fill this need, NACCHO published a three-part series on HIV self-testing programs at LHDs across the nation. The three pieces, linked below, can be found on our Stories From the Field blog:

If your health department is implementing non clinic-based self-collected testing, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Julia Zigman (she/her) or Latisia Grant (she/her) with experiences or questions about self-testing at LHDs.


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About Julia Zigman (she/her)

Julia Zigman is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis team. Julia focuses primarily on NACCHO’s Ending the HIV Epidemic portfolio and is a lead staff member for the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup. Learn more about these programs here.

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