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Self-testing for HIV: initial experience of the UK's first kit


Author
Brady et al.

Publication year
2016

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood

Study population
Mixed: General population and men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
555

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.19

Methodology
Online survey, email, and telephone feedback results from Apr 2015-Feb 2016 reporting on blood-based test in the UK based on post-market surveillance were analyzed.

Summary of findings
27 917 units were sold between Apr 2015 - Feb 2016. 10.5% of respondents had ordered a self-test more than once. 50% (1644/3259) had never tested before. 77% of those testing were men. 75% of those testing weree from non-metropolitan areas in the UK, followed by 17% in London, 3% in Manchester, 2% in Birmingham, 1% in Leeds, and 1% in Liverpool. A similar pattern of HIV testing behaviour was seen in self-sampling studies, and there were associations with posting on Grindr and media coverage on HIV. Six respondents reported false reactives (0.02%) and 12 reported invalid results (0.04%). From a sample of 555 of the 1334 who provided feedback, 98% reported that they would self-test again, 98% said the test was easy, and 99% said it was easy to interpret results.

Acceptability
0.975

Acceptability details
97.5% (n=541/555) would be willing to self-test again

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
n/a

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed