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Which gay men would increase their frequency of HIV testing with home self-testing?


Author
Bavinton et al.

Publication year
2013

Country

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Values and preferences

Sample size
2306

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

Methodology
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.

Acceptability
0.66

Acceptability details
Two-thirds indicated they would test more often if HIVST was available irrespective of previous testing history.

Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
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Sensitivity
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Specificity
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Accuracy details
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Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a


Study status
Completed