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Choice in HIV testing: the acceptability and anticipated use of a self-administered at-home oral HIV test among South Africans


Author
Kelvin et al.

Publication year
2016

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
General population: Clients of three primary healthcare clinics

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
20

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
19.2 [18.4 - 20.0]

Methodology
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.

Acceptability
0.7

Acceptability details
Fourteen participants reported that they would use the self-test themselves

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