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March 2019 - A study led by Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Medical Virology has confirmed that so-called INSTI HIV self-test kits are as reliable as other HIV testing methods used in clinical settings in South Africa. HIV diagnosis forms a crucial part of the 90‐90‐90 strategy targeted by public health practitioners worldwide. The 90-90-90 strategy aims to diagnose 90% of all HIV‐infected individuals, have 90% of them on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and to have HIV viral load (VL) suppression in 90% of those receiving ART. Testing (and subsequent diagnosis) is an essential first step in this strategy.