One of the approaches developed to help change this statistic, especially among populations at higher risk for infection and who lack access to care, is the development of HIV self-testing, which provides people with an HIV diagnostic test that they can use in private.

Now this screening strategy is getting a global push thanks to a major new partnership between the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Sympact-X and The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), a key player in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

-- a software and cloud based application that facilitates HIV self-testing, linkages and retention in care - in high HIV burden Fast-Track Cities worldwide.

It has been tested in well-designed studies in Canada and South Africa in diverse patient groups, including high-risk men who have sex with other men; at-risk community clinic attendees; low-risk healthcare professionals; and student populations.

In addition, the app based program assists with retention in care through enhanced patient-provider communication.

The platform is confidential and HIPPA compliant and is currently available in six languages."

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