HIV self-test: perception and intention to use in a French nationwide study
Devez et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Mixed: General population and men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]
Online survey targetting general and key population to explore perceptions toward this new testing tool, and whether people most at risk of HIV infection intend to use it, particularly men who have sex with men. Study period: November 2015 to January 2016.
Summary of findings
44.8% (n/a) participants were men who have sex with men. 41.5% (n/a) declared they did not always use or request use of a condom in case of sexual intercourse with penetration with another partner than their usual partner. 9.9% (n/a) had already used the self-test. 38.5% (n/a) declared they plan to use the self-test in the forthcoming month or year. The three issues with self-test most frequently cited were that it does not test for other sexually transmitted infections (49.5%), that you have to pay to get tested (44.4%), and that one is alone with his/her result (41.0%).
38.5% (n/a) declared they plan to use the self-test in the forthcoming month or year.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
44.4% (n/a) were concerned they had to pay to use HIVST.
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment