Uptake of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Beijing, China: a cross-sectional Study
Ren et al.
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UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
In 2016, a cross-sectional online survey was conducted in Beijing, China. Participants were users of a popular Chinese gay networking application and had an unknown or negative HIV status. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine factors associated with HIVST based on adjusted odds ratio (AOR) and 95% confidence interval (CI).
Summary of findings
39.7% (2383/5996) men who have sex with men (MSM) reported using HIVST kits. Willingness to use an HIVST kit in the future was expressed by 92% of the participants. High monthly income (AOR = 1.49; CI = 1.10-2.02; P = 0.010), large number of male sex partners (2 or more: AOR = 1.24; CI = 1.09-1.43; P = 0.002), sexual activity with commercial male sex partners (2 or more: AOR = 1.94; CI = 1.34-2.82; P = 0.001), long-term drug use (AOR = 1.42; CI = 1.23-1.62; P < 0.001), and long-term HIV voluntary counseling and testing attendance (AOR = 3.62; CI = 3.11-4.22; P < 0.001) were all associated with increased odds of HIVST uptake. The nearly 40% rate of HIVST uptake among MSM in our sample was high. In addition, over 90% willingness to use kits in the future was encouraging.
Willingness to use an HIVST kit in the future was expressed by 92% of the participants. 39.7% (2383/5996) men who have sex with men reported using HIVST kits.
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