Dr Joseph Matovu



Dr Joseph Matovu, Makerere University, Uganda
Host institution: Rakai Health Sciences Program (a collaboration between Makerere University (Uganda), Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities (USA)

HIV testing: man to man


Dr Joseph Matovu

“This AREF Fellowship Award will set the stage for my professional growth into an independent social and behavioural research scientist within the next 3 to 5 years”

Effect of a pilot male-delivered HIV self-testing intervention on HIV testing and linkage to HIV care among men in rural Uganda

I am a Research Associate/Honorary Lecturer at Makerere University School of Public Health. A Behavioural Research Scientist by training, I was recently awarded my PhD (Public Health) by Makerere University and I hold a Master of Health Science degree (International Health) from Johns Hopkins University (USA). My areas of interest include health service research, capacity building/mentorship and scientific writing. I have 20 years’ experience in health research and around 50 publications to my name.

While previous efforts to reach men with HIV testing services through their female partners have resulted in impressive HIV testing rates among men, gender disparity has continued to deter men from going for HIV tests. This begs the question: can a male-delivered HIV self-testing intervention, in which men receive testing kits from other men, help to address male masculinity norms and influence men’s uptake of HIV testing services and linkage to HIV care, if HIV-infected? To address this question, I will conduct a formative, male-delivered HIV testing service intervention to assess the feasibility of using men to deliver testing kits to other men. I propose that the use of men to reach other men with these kits will increase service uptake among men.

I will undertake my AREF Fellowship at the Rakai Health Sciences Program under the sponsorship of Prof David Serwadda, the Principal Investigator of the Rakai Community Cohort Study (RCCS) in Uganda. Through David, I will have access to data and permission to collect data from the Rakai Community Cohort Study communities. Dr Rhoda Wanyenze (Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health) has pledged to continue to support my professional development both during and after the Fellowship.

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