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Using a social network strategy to distribute HIV self-test kits to african american and latino MSM


Author
Lightfoot et al.

Publication year
2018

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Directly assisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Latinos and african americans men who have sex with men and transgender women peer recruiters

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
30

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)

Methodology
Community volunteers in Alameda county secondarily distributed up to five HIVST kits to men who have sex with men and support those who tested positive in linking to care. Participants who tested completed an online survey. The results from the study were compared to the latest data available from the County, in order to determine the predictability of the testing outcomes. Study period: January 2016 to March 2017

Summary of findings
Peers distributed HIVST to 143 social and sexual network members, of whom 110 completed the online survey. Compared to men who have sex with men who utilized the County’s sponsored testing programs, individuals reached through the peer-based self-testing strategy were significantly more likely to have never tested for HIV (3.51% vs. 0.41%, p<0.01) and to report a positive test result (6.14% vs 1.49%, p<0.01).

Acceptability
n/a

Acceptability details
n/a

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
6.1% (6/114)

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed