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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 key population: 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