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Perceived cost advantages and disadvantages of purchasing HIV self-testing kits among urban Tanzanian men: an inductive content analysis


Author
Jennings et al.

Publication year
2017

Country

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Vulnerable population: Men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
24

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.4 [0.3 - 0.4]

Methodology
A qualitative study using in-depth interviews to assess perceived costs saved and costs incurred from the use of HIVST among infrequent and never HIV-tested men in Tanzania. Study period: n/a

Summary of findings
Perceived cost advantages were reduction in money lost to test at facilities, omission of fees for follow-up visits, affordability relative to private clinics, and increased time for earning and other activities. Men also discussed the imbalance of the financial benefit of accessing free HIV testing at public health facilities with the resources spent for transport, meals purchased away from home, and long wait times in line. Perceived cost disadvantages of HIVST were prohibitive initial and cumulative kit costs, required prior savings to purchase kits, effects of ill-omened expenditures; and preference for free provider-performed tests. Men also expressed concerns regarding the psychological costs of inaccurate HIVST results. Reported price ranges for HIVST that men were willing and/or able to pay varied considerably.

Acceptability
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Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
Reported price ranges for HIVST that men were willing and/or able to pay varied considerably.

Sensitivity
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Specificity
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Accuracy details
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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Study status
Completed