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Online HIV self-testing-a tool to expand first HIV testing for young high-risk MSM in Brazil


Author
de Boni et al.

Publication year
2017

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
n/a

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
6040

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.6 [0.4-0.8]

Methodology
In this study, an online platform was used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to request HIVST kits. Data were collected between February 2015 and February 2017. The CDC HIV Incidence Risk for MSM scale was used to stratify risk behavior.

Summary of findings
31% of men who have sex with men requesting online HIVST kits were first-time testers. The majority of first-time testers (59.4%) were classified as high-risk, although 51.5% perceived themselves as having a low chance of acquiring HIV infection in the following year. Factors associated with being a first-time tester included: being 18-28 vs. 41 years (adjusted Odds Ratio- aOR- 2.2; CI95% 1.3-3.5), having completed high school or less vs. post-graduation (aOR 2.5; CI95% 1.9-3.2), college vs. post-graduation (aOR 1.7; CI95% 1.3-2.2), and not having an STD diagnosis in the prior 6 months (aOR1.9; CI95%1.4-2.5).

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
Completed