Perceptions of HIV self-testing among a population of self-testing naive female sex workers in Kampala, Uganda
Ngabirano et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Female sex workers
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
In this study, a quantitative questionnaire of female sex workers was conducted. Eligible participants were 18 years or older, reported the exchange of sex for money or goods in the past month, and were perceived to be HIV-uninfected. All participants were asked if they had ever heard of HIVST, if they would ever consider using a self-test kit to test for HIV, and if they would believe the results of a self-test kit that was not blood-based.
Summary of findings
Only 15.4% of all participants (n=148) had ever heard of HIVST, and reported interest in HIVST was high; 662 participants (68.7%) reported a definite interest, while only 163 participants (16.9%) reported that they would definitely not be interested. the majority of study participants (N=756, 78.5%) said they would definitely believe the results of an HIV test kit that did not draw blood, only 9 participants (0.9%) said they definitely would not.
68.7% of participants said they were definitely interested in HIVST.
Willingness to pay
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment