Behavioral insights for low uptake of HIV testing in Georgia
Although Georgia belongs to HIV/AIDS low prevalence countries, the rapid spread of the disease is expected in the near future unless urgent measures are undertaken immediately – estimates indicate that approximately 40% of infected persons are not aware of their HIV positive status. Unfortunately, the uptake of testing services remains low, increasing the risk of further transmission and deteriorating quality of life of the people with late diagnosis.
Charita Česká Republika will pilot HIV self-testing solutions and share their know-how with government institutions to design and roll out nation-wide project to increase the interest in preventive HIV testing among Georgians.
This Challenge Fund project will leverage the Czech expertise with using behavioural insights for policy making. Charita will work with Georgian researchers and institutions to implement a randomized control trial (RCT) and to design relevant state program based on its results.
Moreover, Czech experts will also provide quality assurance of all project’s outputs. As an innovative solution to the problem, the project promotes HIV self-testing (HIVST), which has received global recognition as an alternate method to HIV testing.