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Internet-using men who have sex with men would be interested in accessing authorised HIV self-tests available for purchase online


Author
Greacen et al.

Publication year
2012

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Specimen
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Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
5908

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]

Methodology
This study used an online survey of men who have sex with men to determine the use of and interest in HIVST.

Summary of findings
Among 5908 non-HIV-positive respondents, 86.5% expressed interest in unauthorised HIV home-tests purchased online. Independent variables associated with interest included: being younger, living in smaller towns and having a job. Using thematic analysis of open-ended questions on reasons for being interested, principle themes identified included: convenience, rapidity accessing results, and privacy. In answer to a closed question by men not interested, key reasons were: satisfaction with current method, doubts about reliability, not wanting to be alone when discovering results, and fear of incorrect use.

Acceptability
0.865

Acceptability details
Among 5908 non-HIV-positive respondents, 86.5% expressed interest in accessing authorized HIVST kits.

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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Source

Study status
Completed