INSTI HIV Self-Test Study in Canada

INSTI HIV Self-Test Study in Canada


The IWRG is involved in the first Canadian study to evaluate HIV self-testing in Canada, using the INSTI HIV Self-Test device.

If approved by Health Canada, it would make the INSTI HIV Self-Test device widely accessible, convenient, and provide additional testing options for key populations susceptible to HIV.

The study will include 1,000 participants from key priority populations in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Victoria. The IWRG is working with Saskatoon Sexual Health to conduct our portion of the study.

The study evaluates whether untrained participants can perform the self-test effectively and interpret their results accurately.

This is the final set of data that Health Canada needs for its approval process. Once testing is finished, Health Canada will review the results of the study. If approved, they will license the INSTI HIV Self-Test for use in Canada. This would make self-testing devices more accessible, e.g. online at pharmacies, front-line agencies, for populations most susceptible to HIV.

The project team includes highly experienced and qualified professionals from across Canada, led by Sean B. Rourke, a scientist at St. Michael’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

The study is jointly funded by The CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0 and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).


For more information, contact:

Kehinde Ametepee

Sarah MacDonald