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Acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Peru and Brazil


Author
Volk et al.

Publication year
2015

Country
Multi-country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Directly assisted

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
103

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
n/a

Methodology
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.

Acceptability
0.98

Acceptability details
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.

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
n/a

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed