Scaling up HIV self-testing among fishermen in the fishing communities of Uganda
Birungi et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Vulnerable population: Fishermen
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Two categories of participants were recruited from the landing site on the shores of Lake Albert in Uganda: fishermen HIV Negative or with unknown status and fishermen living with HIV and currently engaged in care at a TASO community antiretroviral Drug distribution point. Prior to distribution of the HIVST kits, focus group discussions were held to assess the perception and opinions about HIVST, to establish the most preferred provider/place in the community for the men to pick HIVST kits and the reasons for HIVST preference over conventional testing. A thematic analysis was conducted to establish the key themes.
Summary of findings
19 fishermen participated in the focus group discussion, 10 were HIV positive and 9 were of unknown status. Majority of the fishermen said they would prefer to receive HIVST from peers more than from the health providers or health centres. The reasons for preference of HIVST over conventional HIV testing included; time saving, maximum confidentiality, no need to prick their finger (non-invasive). While the reasons for fear of HIVST method included; failure to interpret results, distress following a positive results and accuracy of results.
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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