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HIV testing preferences in Tanzania: a qualitative exploration of the importance of confidentiality, accessibility, and quality of service


Author
Njau et al.

Publication year
2014

Country

Type of approach
Dual

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
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Study population
General population: General population

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
40

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.4 [0.3 - 0.4]

Methodology
From October to December 2011, conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews to identify factors that influence whether and where people test for HIV.

Summary of findings
HIVST was not considered a feasible option for widespread HIV testing in this setting; participants voiced concerns about accuracy, and about the lack of support from trained counselors to assist with a reactive self-test result. There were concerns about the reliability of the tests sold in pharmacies and about whether reagent was expired. Also there were concerns about literacy; one participant said '...if I they can't read even a newspaper, how can they be able to read and follow the instructions of how to use the HIV testing kits?'

Acceptability
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Acceptability details
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Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
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HIV positivity
n/a

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed