Uptake and acceptability of oral HIV self-testing among community pharmacy clients in Kenya: a feasibility study
Mugo et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
General population: General population
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
5.9 [4.9 - 7.0]
Participants were offered oral based HIVST at US$1 per test. Within one week of buying a test, participants were contacted for post-test data collection and counseling. Study period: November 2015 and April 2016.
Summary of findings
Adult clients (n=463) seeking services at five selected pharmacies were invited to participate in the study, 174 (38%) were enrrolled and 161 bought an HIVST kit, 66% (n=106/161) took away the test for home testing, while 34% (n=55/161) tested at the pharmacy. Uptake was higher among clients seeking HIV testing compared to those seeking other services (84% vs. 11%).
92.5% of participant (161/174) bought a test-kit. At the pre-test interview, a majority of participants agreed (35%) or strongly agreed (59%) that HIVST kits should be made available to the general public.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Only 4% (11/302) stated inability to pay as the reason they did not take up the test.
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
100% (2/2), both participants reported enrrolling in care.