Distributing HIV self-test kit by vending machines to raise serostatus awareness among high-risk populations in Taiwan: a pilot study in 2016
Huang et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Men who have sex with men
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
From Sept to Dec 2016, a pilot feasibility study was conducted using vending machines at non-governmental organizations or health stations, LGBT health centres and gay saunas. In one county (Hualien), HIV self-test kits were also available for pick up at a chain of convenience stores. All clients paid US$6 per kit, which was reimbursed if users reported their test results through an online system. Users could also join a lottery to receive store coupons (value US$3) after completing a questionnaire.
Summary of findings
4812 kits were sold: 2526 (52.5%) through vending machines, 1990 (41.4%) distributed by LGBT health centres and health stations. At Hualien County, 88.1% (296/336) of kits were distributed convinience stores. Of 2249 (46.7%) who reported their self-test results, 22 (1%) reported it was their first positive test result. 1203 (89.7%) said it was convenient to get the kit, 1253 (93.4%) said the price was acceptable or cheap. 521 (38.6%) reported that this self-test was their first time testing. For future access to kits, 883 (65.9%) said they'd like to get the kit from vending machines, 559 (41.7%) through convenience stores.
4812 kits were sold: 2526 (52.5%) through vending machines, 1990 (41.4%) distributed by LGBT health centres and health stations. At Hualien County, 88.1% (296/336) of kits were distributed convinience stores. 1253 (93.4%) respondents said the price was acceptable or cheap.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
1253 (93.4%) said the price was acceptable or cheap. Cost was US$6 but people were reimbursed if they reported their test results.
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment