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Availability, acessibility, price of rapid HIV self-tests, New York City pharmacies, summer 2013


Author
Myers et al.

Publication year
2016

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Other: Pharmacists

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
361

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]

Methodology
Survey of a random sample of pharmacies in New York to assess the availability, accessibility, and price of rapid HIVST kits and evaluated by high or low morbidity neighborhood, defined by HIV diagnosis rate. Project staff visited pharmacies to determine kit availability (in pharmacy on day of survey), accessibility (not locked/behind counter), and price (marked on shelf/product).

Summary of findings
Median kit price was US$42.99 (range: US$32.99-50.00). HIVST kits were available in 30% of pharmacies in low morbidity neighborhoods and 24% of high morbidity neighborhoods, more often behind the counter in high morbidity settings. There was greater availability in chain pharmacies compared to private (84% vs. 9%). Only 80% of pharmacists correctly stated availability of HIVST kit. Two-thirds sold the kit over US$39.99.

Acceptability
n/a

Acceptability details
n/a

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
Median price was US$42.99 without variability across neighborhoods.

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