Which gay men would increase their frequency of HIV testing with home self-testing?
Bavinton et al.
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Key population: Men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.2]
An online cross-sectional questionnaire was conducted with 2306 Australian gay men during 2009. Multivariate logistic regression identified factors associated with being likely to increase testing frequency if HIVST was available, among previously-tested and never-tested men.
Summary of findings
There was no difference between previously-tested and never-tested men in the proportion who reported they would test more often if HIVST was available (67.2 vs. 68.5 % respectively). In multivariate analysis, independent predictors of increased testing frequency with HIVST included preferences for more convenient testing, not having to see a doctor when testing and wanting immediate results among all men, as well as not being from an Anglo-Australian background and recent unprotected anal sex with casual partners among previously-tested men only. The majority of gay men report that being able to test themselves at home would increase their frequency of HIV testing.
Two-thirds indicated they would test more often if HIVST was available irrespective of previous testing history.
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