Perceptions of adolescent girls about their ability to offer HIV self-test kits to their sexual partners: a pilot study in Siaya County, western Kenya
Agot et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Young people: Adolescent girls (15-19 years)
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
A survey was conducted amongst adolescent girls aged 15-19 years who reported having 1 or more sexual partners with whom they intended to continue having sex. Participants were referred to the study by a program offering HIV counselling and testing services, and were screened for eligibility. Participants were provided basic information about HIV self-testing (HIVST) and then administered a structured questionnaire.
Summary of findings
Between December 2016 and February 2017, 101 adolescent girls were enrolled in the study, 52% (53/101) of whom were aged 15-17 years. All had attended some school and 12% (12/101) reported completing secondary school. Twenty percent (20/101) were married or divorced, 38% (38/101) had ≥1 child, and first sexual intercourse before age 15 years was reported by 56% (57/101). Younger age at first sex was protective against having multiple partners (OR: 0.33, 95% CI 0.15-0.74). All participants except one (99%, 100/101) had not heard of HIV self-testing (HIVST) prior to the study, but all of them reported being willing to use the self-tests themselves. Additionally, 98% (99/101) believed they could offer HIVST kits to their partners, with 17% (17/101) believing this could raise tension in their relationship.
98% (99/101) of adolescent girls felt offering HIV self-tests (HIVST) to their partners was acceptable. 100% (101/101) reported being willing to use HIVST themselves.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
17% (17/101) believed offering HIV self-tests (HIVST) to their partner could raise tension in their relationship.
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