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Men who have sex with men seek timely HIV confirmation and care after rapid HIVST: data from partner services program, New York City


Author
Udeagu et al.

Publication year
2017

Country
USA

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
People living with HIV: People living with HIV

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
8032

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

Methodology
Participants were interviewed and program data from partner services registries was analyzed to assess the socio-demographic characteristics of newly HIV-diagnosed persons who reported an HIV self-test before their laboratory-based HIV testing and the timeliness with which they sought laboratory-based confirmation of HIV infection.

Summary of findings
8032 HIV-positive persons were interviewed. 1.6% (127/8032) of participants reported to have used HIVST before. Higher proportions of self-tested (91%) than non-self-tested participants (81%) linked to care within three months of diagnosis. Study period: January 2013 to August 2016.

Acceptability
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Acceptability details
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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
53% (67/127)

Accuracy details
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
Among participants who provided the approximate date of their last self-tests that were positive, 89% (39/44) sought a laboratory-based HIV test within 1 month.


Study status
Completed