Patterns of in-home self-testing for HIV among an internet sample of men who have sex with men in an Asian population
Wong et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Fingerstick/whole blood, Oral-fluid
Key population: Men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Online and web-based mobile phone survey August 2013 to October 2013. Study examined demographics, HIVST experiences, sexual behavior. Participants received an incentive of HK50 (~6USD). Internet provider blocking system was employed to prevent duplicate entries and postal and email addresses were required.
Summary of findings
6.1% reported using HIVST kit before. Mean age for first HIVST was 26.3; 76.5% reported self-testing more than once, and 66.2% reported their last HIV test in the past was HIVST. Nearly all 76.5% reported their HIVST was blood-based and only 20.6% reported using oral fluid-based HIVST. 64.7% got HIVST kit online and 39.7% got an HIVST kit in a pharmacy. Reasons for preference to use HIVST kit included: simple procedures, flexible time testing, easy to buy kit, wanting to keep test results secret, not wanting counseling. 81.6% said they would seek treatment if infected with HIV. Only 43.7% said they would choose HIVST in the future.
Less than half (43.7%) believed they would probably choose HIVST in the future.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
81.6 % believed that they would get timely treatment if infected with the virus.