Australian men who have sex with men prefer rapid oral HIV testing over conventional blood testing for HIV
Chen et al.
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Key population: Men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]
Men who have sex with men attending two gay community events in Victoria in 2009 were invited to take part in a project where they received rapid testing for syphilis and were also asked to complete an anonymous questionaire that sought their views on rapid testing for syphilis and HIV. Men were asked about their preferred method of HIV testing, their likelihood of using rapid testing in a clinical or home-based setting (HIV self-testing), and if they would be likely to test more frequently if such testing was available. Responses were presented on 5-point Likert scales and men were asked to provide a reason for their preferences.
Summary of findings
When asked about which HIV test they would prefer in a clinic setting, 64% indicated a preference for rapid oral HIV testing and 74% indicated that if rapid oral HIV testing was available at a clinic they would test for HIV more frequently. If rapid oral HIV testing was available for home self-testing, 63% of men indicated it would be likely they would test themselves for HIV and 61% indicated they would test more frequently. Overall, men who have sex with men expressed a preference for rapid oral HIV testing and would test more frequently if testing was available for clinic or home use (self-testing) in Australia.
63%(104/166) of men who have sex with men indicated they would be likely to self-test for HIV if HIVST was available.
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