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Low knowledge and anecdotal use of unauthorized online HIV self-test kits among attendees at a street-based HIV rapid testing programme in Spain


Author
Belza et al.

Publication year
2014

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood

Study population
Mixed: General population and key population: clients of mobile rapid HIV testing clinic, including women, men who have sex with women and men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
3340

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

Methodology
Cross-sectional survey to estimate the percentage of potential users who know that unauthorized HIV self-tests can be purchased online.

Summary of findings
5.3% of participants had knowledge of HIVST sold online and 7.5% thought they existed but had never seen them. Less than 1% had ever self-tested for HIV. Knowing that HIVST was sold online (and using them) was associated with having undergone more than two previous HIV tests. Use was also associated with being neither Spanish nor Latin American and with having a university degree.

Acceptability
n/a

Acceptability details
n/a

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
0.9% (32/3340)

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed