Acceptability and feasibility of a social entrepreneurship testing model to promote HIV self-testing and linkage to care among men who have sex with men
Zhong et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Men who have sex with men
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Participants were able to buy an online HIVST, and were asked to complete an online survey on sexual behaviour and opinions on HIVST.
Summary of findings
380 participants finished the online survey, and 198 (52.1%) purchased self-testing kits online. Among those, the majority were aged under 30 (69.5%), received at least a college education (88.9%), and met their sexual partners online (93.1%). 72.2% of participants reported that they had ever tested for HIV, and 20.2% had ever performed HIVST. Overall, feedback was received from 192 (97.0%) participants. Among these, 14 people did not use self-testing kits, and the HIV and syphilis prevalence among these users were 4.5% (8/178) and 3.7% (6/178), respectively.
68.2% (135/198) of participants reported that they would use HIVST in the future if it was free.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
All of the eight screened HIV-positive participants (100%) sought further confirmation testing and were confirmed to be HIV-positive, and all were linked to treatment.