Using a social network strategy to distribute HIV self-test kits to african american and latino MSM
Lightfoot et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Key population: Latinos and african americans men who have sex with men and transgender women peer recruiters
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
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).
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment