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Using Grindr, a smartphone social-networking application, to increase HIV self-testing among black and latino men who have sex with men in Los Angeles, 2014


Author
Huang et al.

Publication year
2016

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
Unassisted

Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
57

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]

Methodology
An advertisement publicizing free HIVST was placed on Grindr, a smartphone social networking application, from April 17 to May 29, 2014. Users were linked to http://freehivselftests.weebly.com/ to choose a self-test delivery method: mail post, a Walgreens voucher, or from a vending machine. African American or Latino men who have sex with men, 18 years old, were invited to take a testing experiences survey.

Summary of findings
During the campaign, the website received 11 939 unique visitors (average: 284 per day) and 334 self-test requests. Among 57 survey respondents, 55 (97%) reported using the self-test was easy; two persons reported testing HIV-positive and both sought medical care.

Acceptability
0.68

Acceptability details
A high acceptability for HIVST was reported among high-risk black/African American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men. Of the 63 surveyed study participants, 39 (68%) of 57 would prefer self-testing among other testing choices in the future.

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
n/a

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
Two respondents tested positive for HIV; both reported seeking confirmatory testing or medical care.


Study status
Completed