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Acceptability and uptake of home-based HIV self-testing in Lesotho


Author
Zerbe et al.

Publication year
2015

Country

Type of approach
Dual

Type of assistance
Directly assisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Vulnerable population: HIV-positive index participants

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
59

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
22.7 [20.8 - 24.3]

Methodology
Cross-sectional study. Participants were offered self-testing with an oral fluid-based kit and standard HIV counseling and testing. Participants were surveyed after performing the intervention.

Summary of findings
75% agreed to self-test and 14% were newly diagnosed as HIV-positive, for a 77% participation rate. Nearly all participants (98%) found the process easy, but 16% required extra instructions. 93% of participants trusted the results of the self-test kit.

Acceptability
0.67

Acceptability details
A total of 88 household members were offered testing, and 59 (67%) accepted.

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
13% (7/59)

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a