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High acceptability of rapid HIV self-testing among a diverse sample of men who have sex with men from Buenos Aires, Argentina


Author
Pando et al.

Publication year
2017

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Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
500

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)

Methodology
During 2006-2009, men who have sex with men were recruited through respondent driven sampling for an HIV prevalence/incidence study. Attitudes toward HIVST were explored among HIV-negative men who have sex with men. Data were weighted prior to analyses.

Summary of findings
74% (n=n/a) participants reported they were likely to buy HIVST kitss, test themselves more frequently than they currently do (77%), and that the procedure would simplify testing (70%). 71% reported they would probably use it alone, 66% would use it with a steady partner, and 56% with a friend/partner. While a majority acknowledged that HIVST use would deprive them of receiving counselling (61%), 74% declared they would go for help if they tested positive; 57% would use an HIVST kit in order to avoid condoms. Probability of use surpassed 70% among gay and non-gay identified men who have sex with men as well as those with and without a previous HIV test. Those likely to buy HIVST were older (p = 0.025) and more likely to identify as gay (p = 0.036). A total of 17% said they would think about killing themselves and 9% would attempt suicide if they tested positive. These men who have sex with men were more likely to be younger (p<0.001), with lower mood level (p<0.001) and greater feelings of loneliness (p = 0.026).

Acceptability
0.74

Acceptability details
74% of participants reported they were likely to buy HIVST kits (n=n/a)

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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Social harm
57% would use an HIVST kit in order to avoid condoms. 17% said they would think about killing themselves and 9% would attempt suicide if they tested positive. These men who have sex with men were more likely to be younger (p<0.001), with lower mood level (p<0.001) and greater feelings of loneliness (p = 0.026).

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
While a majority acknowledged that HIVST use would deprive them of receiving counselling (61%), 74% declared they would go for help if they tested positive.

Source

Study status
Completed