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Comparing the information and support needs of different population groups in preparation for 2015 government approval for HIV self-testing in France


Author
Greacen et al.

Publication year
2016

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Study population
Researchers: Researchers: experts on HIV testing services

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
144

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

Methodology
Used the Delphi process among HIV and HIV-testing experts for each of 6 identified high HIV prevalence populations (men who have sex with men; transgender people; substance users; migrants from sub-Saharan Africa; French West Indies; French Guiana) and two low prevalence populations (the general population; people under 25 years). Each group included expertise from four areas: research, testing and care, policy-making, and community groups.

Summary of findings
A final total of 263 recommendations were grouped into eight main themes: Communicating at both national and community levels about self-test arrival (24% of all recommendations); Providing information adapted to the different community groups' needs (23%); Providing counseling on self-test use and access to care (15%); Making self-tests available to all in terms of accessibility and cost (13%); Preparing community health-care and screening systems for the arrival of the self-test (11%); Approving only high quality self-tests (6%); Defending self-test users' legal rights (5%); Evaluating self-test use (3%). Although a large number of recommendations were common to several groups of experts, the study highlighted a certain number of recommendations specific to each different population group, particularly with regard to information content and access both to information and to the self-tests themselves.

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Study status
Completed