Which information is given during the purchase of an HIV self-test in a Caen pharmacy? A comprehensive transversal and observational study usingsurveys, without modification of practice
Guitton and Rabiaza
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Health-care workers: Pharmacy staff
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Cross-sectional survey among pharmacy staff to evaluate the compliance with the national recommendations when distributing HIVST. Main evaluation criteria was the provision of post-exposure prophylaxis or referral for further testing, treatment and care after a critical situation when distributing HIVST. Study period: March to May 2017.
Summary of findings
44% (18/41) of the visited pharmacies were included. 17.1% (7/41) of the visited pharmacies were in compliance with the national recommendation: assess if HIVST is the appropriate method in case of an emergency situation that could lead to the prescription of post-exposure prophylaxis. HIVST was available 44% for direct sale (18/41) or 27% for possible ordering (11/41). In total, 31.71% (13/41) of the pharmacies referred individuals for further testing (general practitioner, sexual health clinic, etc).The availability of the self-tests was associated with compliance with the main criteria (p < 0.005).
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment