HIV self-testing practices among health-care workers: feasibility and options for accelerating HIV testing services in Ethiopia
Kedebe et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Health-care workers: health-care workers: medical doctors, health officers, nurses, midwives, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and internship students
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Cross-sectional study design triangulated with qualitative methods (a semi-structured questionnaire and in-depth interview).
Summary of findings
This study found a high rate of HIVST practice among health-care workers. Despite not being legally allowed, 70% of those who had ever tested had tested themselves (203/288). 80% of all participants expressed interested in self-testing (244/288). The main reason stated for self-testing was the need for confidentiality for the test result, which was mentioned by 205 participants (82%).
Self-testing practices were more common in private health facilities followed by government hospitals, where (85.2%) and (69.6%) of health-care workers tested for HIV by themselves, respectively.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment