Acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Peru and Brazil
Volk et al.
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Key population: Men who have sex with men
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Participants were trained to use a whole-blood rapid HIV self-test and instructed to use the self-test monthly during a three-month study. Test acceptability was measured with self-reported use of the test at the one-month and three-month study visits, and test feasibility was assessed by direct observation of self-test administration at the final three-month visit.
Summary of findings
Nearly all participants reported use of the self-test (97% at one-month and 98% at three-month visit), and all participants correctly interpreted the self-administered test results when observed using the test at the final study visit. HIV self-testing with a blood-based assay was highly acceptable and feasible.
Test acceptability was high, with 98% (90/92) reporting use of the self-test at the one-month visit, and 97% (86/89) reporting use of the kit at the final three-month study visit.
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