Tested – Service design for HIV testing in Sweden with a focus on immigrants
In 2018, HIV is not a taboo in Sweden anymore, however, it remains a stigma in many different cultures.
Since 2003 the annual number of people who immigrate to Sweden is increasing drastically. A significant amount people come from different cultures with different backgrounds. In today’s Swedish society, immigrants make up a large portion of the population that cannot be neglected. Meanwhile, the Swedish healthcare system is not ready for this demographic change. The social stigma of HIV along with other things, like anxiety and fear of positive test results, create barriers of not taking HIV tests among immigrants.
Understanding the barriers and looking into deficiencies of the healthcare system is essential for creating a more inclusive HIV testing service.
The design outcome of this project is an app that connects users and HIV information from a local perspective, and a testing guideline proposal for HIV testing providers.