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Opinions about and acceptability of HIV self-testing amongst students at the Institute of Health Sciences-Lobatse, Botswana


Author
Moyo et al.

Publication year
2017

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Study population
Young people

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
45

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)

Methodology
Study assessed the acceptability of and opinions of tertiary students at the Institute of Health Sciences in Lobatse about HIVST. Five focus group and five in-depth interviews were conducted with students. Thematic data analysis was done using NVivo 10.

Summary of findings
The findings revealed that HIVST was acceptable to students who believed it would address an unmet need for testing, and that people would utilize HIVST because it would assure confidentiality and privacy, and because it is convenient and offers the flexibility of when and where to conduct the self-test. However, there are were also concerns about the cost of self-testing kits, the lack of post-test counselling, and the lack of strategies to link the self-test results to HIV programming. They recommended that the concerns should be addressed to make HIVST effective and that potential users of HIVST should be provided with clear instructions on how to self-test.

Acceptability
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Acceptability details
Was deemed acceptable in focus groups.

Willingness to pay
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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Study status
Completed