Factors associated with acceptability of HIV self-testing among health-care workers in Kenya
Kalibala et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Health-care workers: Health-care workers
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
5.9 [4.9 - 7.0]
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.
85% (237/278) tested themselves with the HIVST kits
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment