Acceptability and intended usage preferences for six HIV testing options among internet-using men who have sex with men
Sharma et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]
Between Oct-Nov 2012 men who have sex with men were surveyed about the acceptability of each of the following services hypothetically offered free of charge: testing at a physician's office; individual voluntary counseling and testing; couples' HIV counseling and testing; expedited/express testing; rapid home self-testing using an oral fluid test; home dried blood spot specimen self-collection for laboratory testing. Men were also asked to rank these options in order of intended usage preference.
Summary of findings
Rapid home self-testing using an oral fluid test and testing at a physician's office were the two most preferred options across all demographic and behavioral strata. Self-sampling using dried blood spot specimen was the least preferred option. 72% of participants (n=944) reported that they were likely or very likely to use an HIV self-test kit.
72% of participants (n=944) reported that they were likely or very likely to use an HIV self-test kit.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment