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I’m Ready HIV self-testing research program releases its first data summary

Data from June through August 2021 shows promising uptake of the program among key populations and includes 3 positive test results

The I’m Ready research program’s first-ever data summary, for the program’s first quarter, is now available .

Launched in June 2021, I’m Ready invites people to download its I’m Ready, Test app to join the program, after which they can order up to three free HIV self-test kits for delivery or to be picked up at over 80 participating locations across Canada . Critically, participants are also supported to connect to care and prevention, either on their own using this website’s Care pathways , or by booking an appointment with the program’s peer navigators for support before, during or after they self-test for HIV.

The first-quarter data summary , which captures participant data from June through August 2021, highlights the following key findings:

● 14,000+ website visitors;
● 1,579 people consented and entered the study through the I’m Ready, Test app;
● 1,311 participants started the pre-test survey;
● 1,100 participants ordered 2,653 HIV self-test kits for delivery or pick up;
● 496 participants added at least one test result in the app; and
● 3 positive test results submitted, all from key populations.

Noted Dr. Sean B. Rourke, I’m Ready’s Principal Investigator, Director of REACH Nexus and Scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, “Collecting data in real-time is critical to understanding what is and isn’t working so we can continue to improve our program and make a difference—particularly for key populations who are most affected by health inequities.”

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