Supervised oral HIV self-testing is accurate in rural Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Martinez-Perez et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
19.2 [18.4 - 20.0]
Cross-sectional study with two government clinic sites and three Medecin Sans Frontieres fixed sites, potential participants were approached in clinic waiting areas, testing involved counselors demonstrating how to use an oral fluid HIV self-test and observing usage. Lay counselors sampled and recruited eligible participants, sought informed consent, and demonstrated the use of an oral fluid-based HIV self-test. Participants used the HIVST in front of the counselor and underwent a blood-based Determine and a Unigold rapid diagnostic test as gold standard for comparison. Primary outcomes were user error rates, inter-rater agreement, sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values.
Summary of findings
Among the 130 people who had never tested before but who self-tested, 30 men (42.8%) and 29 women (48.3%) were in the 18-25 years age group. Of 2181 participants who were unaware of their status, inter-rater agreement between HIVST and standard HIV testing was 99.8% (Kappa 0.9925). Overall, HIVST was correctly performed by 2196 users (user error rate 0.09%). Overall sensitivity for HIVST was 98.7% (95%CI 96.8-99.6) and specificity was 100.0% (95%CI 99.8-100). HIV prevalence in this study was 14.7% (95% CI; 13.2-16.2): 10.6% (95% CI; 13.1-16.1) were women and 3.9% (95% CI: 3.1-4.8) were men.
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Sensitivity for the OralST was 98.7% (95%CI 96.8-99.6) and specificity was 100% (95%CI 99.8-100). Overall inter-rater agreement was 99.8% (Kappa 0.9925).
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
All participants with reactive tests received confirmatory testing, and in cases of an HIV diagnosis they were linked to care (n=n/a).
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