Webinar on self-testing for Hepatitis C

The webinar took place on Monday, 8 November 2021, 13:00-14:00 CET.

The goal of European Testing Week is to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing. In line with that goal, we wish to highlight approaches and innovations that can increase availability, accessibility and uptake of testing.

Self-testing is an effective tool in accelerating progress towards achieving global goals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, testing services have been heavily impacted by restricted access, and self-testing has proven to be an effective way to overcome barriers to access.

The webinar explored the following questions

  • What is the current status on HCV self-testing?
  • What are WHO’s recommendations on HCV self-testing?
  • What are the practical challenges related to implementation?

1.00-1.05: Welcome, Cæcilie Bom Kahama, ETW secretariat
1.05-1.15: “WHO recommendations and evidence on HCV self-testing”,
                  Niklas Luhmann (WHO HQ)
1.15-1.25: “Community perspectives on HIV/HCV self-testing: results from a cross-country survey”,
                  Ann-Isabelle Von Lingen. EATG (European AIDS Treatment Group)
1.25-1.35: “HCV self-testing opportunities and challenges from real world implementation”,
                   Sonjelle Shilton, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics
1.35-1.45: “HCV self-testing: regional context and pilot projects in Georgia”,
                   Antons Mozalevskis (WHO Europe)
1.45-1.55: Questions from participants
1.55-2.00: Closing