Computer counseling and self-testing for HIV prevention in Southern India
Spielberg et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Mixed: General population and sex workers
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
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%).
54% of prospective participants accepted to participate in HIVST study.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Willing to pay 10-40 Rs for a test (0.15-0.59 USD)
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment