HIV Smart App

HIVsmart! is an open-access mobile app that can be used to encourage people in any community to get tested for HIV. By increasing accessibility, we will demystify the process and empower people to get tested more quickly. It is this type of innovation that will bring about social change and will have a positive long-term impact on our global health population.

Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, MD., MPH., PhD

RI-MUHC Researcher

The Challenge

Globally, 36.9 million people live with HIV/AIDS, and an astounding 50% of these infected individuals do not know that they are HIV positive. Although global transmission rates are now in decline, they remain alarmingly high, and a combination of stigma, discrimination, social visibility and fear of non-confidentiality often prevent people from getting tested in healthcare facilities.

The Solution

muhc-foundation-dr-nitika-pant-pai-hivsmart-app-600x400Dr. Nitika Pant Pai from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is revolutionizing HIV testing and making it more accessible to those who need it most. Her open-access mobile health application called HIVsmart! guides an individual through the process of performing their own HIV screening test, which consists of obtaining an oral fluid sample from the gum lining of their mouth. This non-invasive, simple test can detect the presence of HIV antibodies within 20 minutes and can be conducted in the privacy of one’s own home. HIVsmart! users are also provided with information, instructional videos, a 24 hour help line and confidential linkages to healthcare facilities and access to counsellors should they have a positive test. 

Dr. Pant Pai and her team have made tremendous progress in improving the screening and diagnosis of HIV for vulnerable populations in both low and high income countries. Their work is transforming health care and it will empower patients while also curbing the number of newly-diagnosed HIV cases in a novel and cost-effective manner. In order to reach an even greater audience with the HIVsmart! app and ensure that the MUHC remains a global leader in mobile health HIV self-testing, Dr. Pant Pai and her team must:

  • Continue to develop the HIVsmart! app so that it is more widely accessible to the global population
  • Increase the number of linkages to healthcare and counselling for HIV positive patients
  • Train future generations of researchers, doctors and medical professionals in HIV testing best practices
  • Develop complementary mobile apps to tackle other infections closely related to HIV
  • Translate the HIVsmart! app into upwards of ten languages

How you can help

We are raising $500,000 to help support Dr. Pant Pai’s HIVsmart! app.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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Let’s do this, Montreal—we’re more than halfway through Giving Tuesday and we need every one of you to help us reach our $70,000 goal. 🙌 Support Dr. Gilbert, Joanne, Lawrie and the entire The DOVEE Project's Giving Tuesday dream of stopping ovarian and endometrial cancers. Combined, more than 3,000 Canadian women die each year from these cancers—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s stop these deadly killers, once and for all.

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À l’occasion de « Mardi je donne », votre contribution sera égalée jusqu’à concurrence de 50 000 $ grâce à la générosité d’un grand donateur anonyme! La Dre Gilbert et ses collègues Centre universitaire de santé McGill - McGill University Health Centre ont mis au point un test sécuritaire et moins invasif qui permet de dépister les cancers de l’ovaire et de l’endomètre de façon plus précoce que jamais auparavant.

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It's Giving Tuesday, and your donation today will be doubled up to $50,000 thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Dr. Gilbert and her colleagues @ The DOVEE Project have developed a test that offers a safe, less invasive way to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers earlier than ever before. The answer for moving this test into clinical implementation? Generous Giving Tuesday supporters like you. ❤️

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Demain, c’est la journée « Mardi je donne ». Voici un message important de Lawrie Shahbazian, une coordonnatrice du projet DOvEEgene The DOVEE Project

« Les femmes qui reçoivent un diagnostic de cancer de l’ovaire ou de l’endomètre se posent souvent cette question : ‘ J’ai pris soin de ma santé. J’ai passé les examens, les tests Pap et les mammographies. Qu’est-ce que j’aurais pu faire de plus?’ La réponse, c’est DOvEEgene. Notre test minimalement invasif fonctionne, ici et maintenant. Nous en sommes à la dernière étape de notre marathon, le passage aux essais cliniques de stade trois. En tant que jeune femme, je compte bien voir les résultats et les bienfaits de notre travail acharné de mon vivant. Avec votre aide, nous sauverons des vies.”

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Ahead of #GivingTuesday tomorrow, we’re sharing an important message Lawrie Shahbazian, a project coordinator The DOVEE Project :

“The question women diagnosed with ovarian or endometrial cancer often ask is: 'I took care of my health. I did my screenings, my pap tests, and my mammograms. What else could I have done?' DOvEEgene is the answer. Our minimally invasive test will work here and now. This is the last leg of our marathon, getting it to a stage three clinical trial. As a young woman, I plan to see the results and benefits of all this hard work in my lifetime. We will save lives.” 🙌❤️

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On this week’s Health Matters: It’s dubbed the silent killer, learn how Dr. Lucy Gilbert, the Centre universitaire de santé McGill - McGill University Health Centre’s Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division, is working to eliminate ovarian and endometrial cancers through early detection with the The DOVEE Project. Plus, Joanne Photiades, an ovarian cancer survivor, shares her personal mission to ensure every woman has the chance to be diagnosed early enough to survive the disease. Learn more about how you can help this #GivingTuesday: bit.ly/3nTjtl9

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