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Our next forum will be held: Wednesday, Jan 25 at 6:00pm

Where: Zoom, RSVP for the meeting link.

Speaker: Alexandra Musten MA, Director of GetaKit Implementation, University of Ottawa; Patrick O’Byrne, NP PhD, Nurse Practitioner and Professor, University of Ottawa; 

Ryan Lisk, Director of Community Health Programs, ACT

Topic: GetaKit Panel and Discussion

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GetaKit, Canada’s first mail-out of HIV self-tests, launched July 2020 - a few months ahead of Health Canada’s approval of the HIV self-test. Since then, GetaKit has established close partnerships with AIDS Service organizations, public health units and clinics across Ontario and delivered over 5,000 kits province-wide. This presentation will give you an overview of the GetaKit system, key findings to-date, and discuss some of the challenges and successes encountered along the way. The presentation will also include information about the importance of HIV testing, how to register for a free HIV self-test as well as where GetaKit is heading in the future.

Speakers:

Alexandra Musten MA, is the Director of Implementation at GetaKit. Her primary area of focus is the application of complex adaptive systems theory to implementation. She coordinated the implementation of Ontario’s first pharmacist-delivered HIV point-of-care testing project, and co-developed the implementation and expansion of GetaKit, Canada’s first HIV self-testing project. 

Patrick O’Byrne is a Nurse Practitioner and Full Professor of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. His research and clinical practice focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Dr. O’Byrne launched the first nurse-led PEP and PrEP clinics in Canada, and is the principal investigator for GetaKit.