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Computer counseling and self-testing for HIV prevention in Southern India


Author
Spielberg et al.

Publication year
2007

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Mixed: General population and key population: sex workers

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
971

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.3

Methodology
Uptake of HIVST was examined in 2 arms: 1 arm received computer-based counseling (CARE) in addition to a self-test, the control arm was a chart review. Participants were randomized to CARE arm (239) vs. chart review (285).

Summary of findings
54% of prospective participants accepted to participate in HIVST study. Participants were demographically and ethnically diverse, with low literacy. In the control arm 1% were referred for an HIV test. In the CARE arm 6% tested. Participants reported that HIVST was easy to use and private (97%), that the length of the CARE program was just right (86%), that CARE was helpful in lowering risks (91%) and HIVST with CARE was preferred over staff counseling (68%).

Acceptability
0.54

Acceptability details
54% of prospective participants accepted to participate in HIVST study.

Willingness to pay
US$ 0.15-0.59

Willingness to pay details
Willing to pay 10-40 Rs for a test (0.15-0.59 USD)

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