We are excited to announce the I’m Ready research program has officially launched!
We are proud to support The REACH Nexus’ I’m Ready research program which is distributing 50,000 free HIV self-testing kits, asking survey questions through an app and offering peer navigator support to connect to care, all to improve HIV testing and care in Canada.
The research program is jointly funded by CANFAR, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.
The I’m Ready research program is a major national HIV self-testing research program that combines two pieces of technology:
HIV self-testing kits—which are proven to be a fast and highly effective method—and smartphones, which will allow participants to sign up for the program easily and anonymously.
Building this first phase of our innovative and pragmatic I’m Ready research program and getting it off the ground would not have been possible without the support of our amazing community-based partners: Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, the Community-Based Research Centre/CBRC and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network. We also couldn’t have done it without the relationships we’re building with provincial ministries and regional health authorities, local community-based AIDS service organizations across Canada and our fantastic creative and technical vendors.