Evaluation of targeted HIVST kit distribution via a digital vending machine
Pollard et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Men who have sex with men
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
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).
93% (n=) of acceptability before installation of the vending machine.
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment