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Factors associated with acceptability of HIV self-testing among health-care workers in Kenya


Author
Kalibala et al.

Publication year
2014

Country

Type of approach
Facility-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Health-care workers: Health-care workers

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
765

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
5.9 [4.9 - 7.0]

Methodology
Health-care workers in seven large Kenyan hospitals were invited to participate in pre-HIVST information sessions during which they were offered HIVST kits to take home for self-testing. A post-intervention survey was conducted among 765 health-care workers.

Summary of findings
41% attended the information session; of those, 89% took the HIVST kits and of those, 85% self-tested. Thirty-four percent of surveyed health-care workers used the HIVST to test themselves. Of those who took the HIVST kit and had partners, 73% gave the kit to their partner and 86% of them indicated their partner self-tested. Factors positively associated with use of the HIVST on self were being female, being single, and being a health-care worker from Homa Bay Hospital (located in a high HIV prevalence area). HIVST is acceptable to health-care workers and their partners. However, strategies are needed to increase health-care worker attendance at pre-implementation information sessions.

Acceptability
0.85

Acceptability details
85% (237/278) tested themselves with the HIVST kits

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


Study status
Completed