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Correlates of requesting home HIV self-testing kits on online social networks among African American and Latino men who have sex with men


Author
Chiu et al.

Publication year
2015

Country
USA

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
112

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

Methodology
Participants were recruited from August 2010 to January 2011 by flyers at offline gay establishments and on social media sites, including Facebook, Myspace, and Craigslist. Participants were selected if they were male, over 18 years old, residents of Los Angeles, registered Facebook users, and have had sex with a man in the past 12 months. Participants completed a survey. Participants were also able to request an HIVST kit from the study team.

Summary of findings
36 participants in the study requested an HIVST kit. Those who requested an HIVST kit were more likely to be older, Latino, gay, unemployed/students, and married/partnered. The odds of requesting an HIVST kit were significantly associated with using social networks to seek sexual partners (aOR: 2.47, 95% CI: 1.07-6.06) and thinking it is easier to use social networks for seeking sexual partners (aOR: 1.87, 95% CI: 1.2-3.12), uncertain HIV status (aOR 4.29, 95% CI: 1.37-14.4), and having sex under the influence of alcohol (aOR 2.46, 95% CI: 1.06-5.77). Participants who had not been tested for more than 6 months were more likely to request a test kit than those who were tested in the past 6 months (aOR 2.53, 95% CI: 1.02-6.37). Participants who frequently talked to others about having sex with men online were less likely to request a test kit (aOR 0.73, 95% CI: 0.56-0.92).

Acceptability
0.32

Acceptability details
32%(36/112) in the study requested an HIVST kit.

Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
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Sensitivity
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Specificity
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Accuracy details
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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Source

Study status
Completed