Choice in HIV testing: the acceptability and anticipated use of a self-administered at-home oral HIV test among South Africans
Kelvin et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
General population: Clients of three primary healthcare clinics
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
19.2 [18.4 - 20.0]
In-depth interviews, documenting opinions about self-administered at-home oral HIV testing. Participants were clients of three primary health-care clinics in South Africa.
Summary of findings
Self-testing was seen as enabling confidentiality/privacy, saving time, and facilitating testing together with partners. However concerns were raised about psychological distress when testing at home without a counsellor. Some suggested this concern could be minimized by having experienced clinic-based HIV testing and counseling before getting HIVST for home use.
Fourteen participants reported that they would use the self-test themselves
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment