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HIV self-testing for men who have sex with men: acceptability among community members and service providers in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal


Author
Haig et al.

Publication year
2015

Country

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood, Oral-fluid

Study population
Mixed: Key population and healthcare workers: men who have sex with men and healthcare workers

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
36

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.01

Methodology
Qualitative study (focus groups) to evaluate the acceptability of HIVST in terms of various factors including, beliefs, preferences, concerns, and facilitators/barriers to access

Summary of findings
Key concerns included accuracy of test result, cost, confidentiality, and ease of access. Among community members, 87.5% would be willing to use a self-test at home. All service providers (100%) were in favour of making self-testing available to men who have sex with men in Canada.

Acceptability
0.875

Acceptability details
Among community members, 87.5% would be willing to use a self-test at home. All service providers (100%) were in favour of making self-testing available to men who have sex with men in Canada.

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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