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Will men who have sex with men use short-messaging services to send photos of completed HIV self-tests to researchers?


Author
Daniels et al.

Publication year
2016

Country
USA

Type of approach
Community-based

Type of assistance
n/a

Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood, Oral-fluid

Study population
Key population: Men who have sex with men

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
37

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

Methodology
Participants were recruited to the study through advertisements on online dating applications. The advertisement was for a free HIV self-test. Two weeks after the request for an HIV self-test, participants were invited to participate in an online survey which asked how participants would prefer to share their test results with researchers.

Summary of findings
Participants reported that they would most prefer to share their HIV self-test results with researchers through text messaging and email. Sending a photograph of the test result was slightly less preferred than sharing a test result in-person, but more preferred than by phone or in writing. 73% (n=n/a) of participants reported that they would feel comfortable using photographs, texts or emails to notify researchers that they had completed an HIV self-test.

Acceptability
n/a

Acceptability details
n/a

Willingness to pay
n/a

Willingness to pay details
n/a

Sensitivity
n/a

Specificity
n/a

Concordance
n/a

HIV positivity
4%

Accuracy details
n/a

Social harm
n/a

Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
n/a