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Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an online survey


Author
Lippman et al.

Publication year
2014

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood, Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
356

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.6 [0.4 - 0.8]

Methodology
April 2011 survey among Brazilian men who have sex with men using Facebook to assess HIV testing preferences and acceptability of HIVST.

Summary of findings
47% reported a preference for HIVST, 27% preferred facility-based testing, and 26% had no preference. Less frequent testers and those who had considered testing but failed to test were more likely to prefer HIVST. About 90% reported that they would use HIVST kits; 62% and 54% said they would use HIVST to make choices about unprotected sex with regular and new partners, respectively. Concerns included difficulty to understand the HIVST kits (32%) and receiving reactive test results alone (23%). HIVST may appeal to men who have sex with men and result in increased testing frequency.

Acceptability
0.9

Acceptability details
Close to 90% reported that they would use self-test kits.

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