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He told me to check my health: a qualitative exploration of social network influence on men’s HIV testing behavior and HIV self-testing willingness in Tanzania


Author
Conserve et al.

Publication year
2018

Country

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Vulnerable population: Men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
23

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)

Methodology
This study investigated the reasons and strategies men used to encourage their peers to test for HIV and the outcomes in order to inform the development of a social network-based HIVST intervention for men called Self-Testing Education and Promotion. Participants were asked about previous HIV testing, encouragement to test for HIV from one of two close friends in the camp, and willingness to self-test for HIV. Study period: November and December 2015.

Summary of findings
Twenty-three men from networks locally referred to as camps were interviewed to explore reasons for encouraging HIV testing, strategies to encourage HIV testing, and outcomes of HIV testing encouragement. Reasons men reported for encouraging their peers to test for HIV included awareness of their peers’ risky sexual behavior, knowing an HIV-positive peer, and having HIV testing experience.

Acceptability
0.65

Acceptability details
Willingness to HIV self-test in the future was 65%, (n = 15/23).

Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
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Sensitivity
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Specificity
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Accuracy details
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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Study status
Completed