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Low feasibility rate of self-testing with a finger-stick whole blood test


Author
Gras et al.

Publication year
2014

Country

Type of approach
n/a

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood

Study population
People living with HIV: People living with HIV

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
40

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

Methodology
Participants were given a blood-based self-test and asked to perform the test without assistance to evaluate the feasibility of HIVST among people living with HIV.

Summary of findings
5 participants were unable to complete all steps, of 35 completed: 25 had a positive self-test result (sensitivity=71.4%), 1 negative (patient with undetectable viral load), 2 invalid, 7 non-reactive self-test result. Study ceased because of poor feasibility.

Acceptability
n/a

Acceptability details
n/a

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
0.714

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
1

HIV positivity
100% (40/40)

Accuracy details
5 were unable to complete all steps, of 35 completed: 25 had a positive self-test result (sensitivity=71.4%), 1 negative (patient with undetectable viral load), 2 invalid, 7 non-reactive self-test result. Study ceased because of low rate of feasibility.

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a