HIVSmart! (self-testing and communication app)
HIVSmart! was created by a team of scientists and physicians at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), in partnership with the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) and digital health social enterprise, Sympact-X.
HIVsmart! is an open-access mobile app that can be used to encourage people in any community to get tested for HIV. The application guides an individual through the process of performing their own HIV screening test, which consists of obtaining an oral fluid sample from the gum lining of their mouth. This non-invasive, simple test can detect the presence of HIV antibodies within 20 minutes and can be conducted in the privacy of one’s own home. HIVsmart! users are also provided with information, instructional videos, a 24 hour help line and confidential linkages to healthcare facilities and access to counsellors should they have a positive test: HIVSmart! Product