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MSM user preferences for a smartphone app to accompany HIV and syphilis self-testing


Author
Balan et al.

Publication year
2017

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
20

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

Methodology
In-depth interview to explore the experience of using a smartphone app to accompany HIV and syphilis self-testing and recommendations for additional app content related to instructions, results, information, and linkage-to-care

Summary of findings
Participants strongly approved of the dual instructions and a results screen that clearly states positive or negative test results. Almost all participants wanted the option to save test results on the app for personal reference or to show partners. They also wanted the option to send results to others, primarily partners but also physicians. A few participants were enthusiastic about widely sharing their HIV-negative test results via social or sexual networking sites. Linking test results to sexual networking sites was seen as offering a verified HIV status versus a self-report.

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
n/a

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Ongoing