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Perceptions of HIV Self-Testing Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States: A Qualitative Analysis.

Authors
  • Freeman, Arin E1
  • Sullivan, Patrick2
  • Higa, Darrel1
  • Sharma, Akshay3
  • MacGowan, Robin1
  • Hirshfield, Sabina4
  • Greene, George J5
  • Gravens, Laura2
  • Chavez, Pollyanna1
  • McNaghten, A D1
  • Johnson, Wayne D1
  • Mustanski, Brian5
  • 1 Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. , (Georgia)
  • 2 Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. , (Georgia)
  • 3 University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 4 Public Health Solutions, New York, New York.
  • 5 Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2018
Volume
30
Issue
1
Pages
47–62
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1521/aeap.2018.30.1.47
PMID: 29481298
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

HIV testing is the gateway into both prevention and treatment services. It is important to understand how men who have sex with men (MSM) perceive HIV self-tests. We conducted focus groups and individual interviews to collect feedback on two HIV self-tests, and on a dried blood spot (DBS) specimen collection kit. Perceptions and attitudes around HIV self-testing (HIVST), and willingness to distribute HIV self-tests to others were assessed. MSM reported HIVST to be complementary to facility-based testing, and liked this approach because it offers privacy and convenience, does not require counseling, and could lead to linkage to care. However, they also had concerns around the accuracy of HIV self-tests, their cost, and receiving a positive test result without immediate access to follow-up services. Despite these issues, they perceived HIVST as a positive addition to their HIV prevention toolbox.

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