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Bathhouse distribution of HIV self-testing kits reaches diverse, high-risk population


Author
Woods et al.

Publication year
2016

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
181

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

Methodology
Men were systematically selected to receive a test-kit coupon. Those who presented the coupon took an 11-item survey about testing history, HIV status and other demographic characteristics.

Summary of findings
The bathhouse served as an excellent venue for offering HIV self-testing kits to a population likely to be at risk for HIV. Those who completed the survey were mainly identified 'gay', although 18% identified as bisexual. More than half had not tested in the past 6 months (57%), including those who had never tested (7%). While most respondents who had previously tested did so in a medical/clinical setting (53%), nearly half had used non-clinical settings.

Acceptability
0.51

Acceptability details
51% (92/181) accepted the coupon and 54 kits were distributed.

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

Source

Study status
Completed