Perceptions of and intentions to use a recently introduced blood-based HIV self-test in France
Devez et Epaulard
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Mixed: General population and men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
An online cross-sectional questionnaire was conducted with 1082 French men who have sex with men to explore perceptions of and intentions to use HIVST and used multivariate logistic regression to identify factors associated with sociobehavioral characteristics of participants. Study period: November 2015 and January 2016
Summary of findings
Mean age was 32.8 (SD 12 years) , and median age 31 years (IQR:23–41 years). 67.1% (n=726/1082) of participants were male, 32.4% (n=351/1082) were female, and 0.5% (n=5/1082) self-identify as other. 44.8% (n=484/1082) participants self-identified as men who have sex with men. 57.6% (n=623/1082) of participants were aware of the existence of HIVST and 9.9% (n=107/1082) have already use it before. 49.5% (n/a) of participants mentioned to be concerned that HIVST do not test for other sexually transmitted infections, 44.4% (n=n/a) were concerned that HIVST is not free of charge, and 41% (n=n/a) were concerned to interpret the result alone. Participants (n=n/a) also considered HIVST was an useful tool that may enhance the number of diagnoses.
Willingness to use HIVST was only 38.5% (n=n/a) in the coming month/year, with the proportion being even lower in the MSM population (n=n/a).
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
30.7% (n=n/a) said that HIVST should be free, 38.2% (n=n/a) that it should cost €1–10 (US$ 1.16-11.57), 23.0% (n=n/a) €11–20 (US$ 12.73-23.15), 6.4%(n=n/a) €21–30 (US$ 24.31-34.72), and 1.7% (n=n/a) that it should cost more than €30 (US$ 34.72)
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment