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Uptake and acceptability of oral HIV self-testing among community pharmacy clients in Kenya: a feasibility study


Author
Mugo et al.

Publication year
2017

Country

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
General population: General population

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
174

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
5.9 [4.9 - 7.0]

Methodology
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%).

Acceptability
0.925

Acceptability details
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
n/a

Willingness to pay details
Only 4% (11/302) stated inability to pay as the reason they did not take up the test.

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
1.3% (2/161)

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
100% (2/2), both participants reported enrrolling in care.

Source

Study status
Completed