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Evaluation of targeted HIVST kit distribution via a digital vending machine


Author
Pollard et al.

Publication year
2018

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
95

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)

Methodology
Cross-sectional study evaluating HIVST distribution via a digital vending machine. The vending machine was installed in a sex-on-premises venue (sauna) in a high-HIV-prevalence city in the United Kingdom (Brighton). In parallel, community outreah workers distributed HIVST kits in the same venue. To obtain sociodemographic information, user-experience of the machine, and experience, acceptability and attitudes towards HIV self-tests qualitative interview (n=30) and online questionnaires were performed.

Summary of findings
Acceptability of self-testing before installation of the vending machine was 93% (n=n/a). Participants (n=n/a) accessed 95 testing kits between 8th July and 25th Sept 2017. Mean age of participants was 35 years (Range 18-65); 7.4% (n=7/95) had never tested for HIV before; 15.8% (n=15/95) had tested within the last 2-5 years. Uptake of tests was higher via the vending machine compared to HIV testing conducted by community outreach workers in the same study period (95 vs 12).

Acceptability
0.93

Acceptability details
93% (n=) of acceptability before installation of the vending machine.

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

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