Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey

The Brazilian HIV/AIDS epidemic is concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM), however HIV testing rates among MSM are not commensurate with their risk. Strategies to expand early diagnosis may include use of self-conducted home-based testing kits, which are now available for purchase in the...

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Main Authors: Sheri A. Lippman, André R. S. Périssé, Valdiléa G. Veloso, Patrick S. Sullivan, Susan Buchbinder, R. Craig Sineath, Beatriz Grinsztejn
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz 2014-04-01
Series:Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Subjects:
HIV
Online Access:http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-311X2014000400724&lng=en&tlng=en
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spelling doaj-7f457e8d263e43f0b5e7047dcf4232072020-11-24T21:41:33ZengEscola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo CruzCadernos de Saúde Pública0102-311X2014-04-0130472473410.1590/0102-311X00008913S0102-311X2014000400724Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line surveySheri A. LippmanAndré R. S. PérisséValdiléa G. VelosoPatrick S. SullivanSusan BuchbinderR. Craig SineathBeatriz GrinsztejnThe Brazilian HIV/AIDS epidemic is concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM), however HIV testing rates among MSM are not commensurate with their risk. Strategies to expand early diagnosis may include use of self-conducted home-based testing kits, which are now available for purchase in the US. In April 2011 we conducted a survey with Brazilian MSM using Facebook to assess HIV testing preferences and acceptability of home-based testing. Among 356 previously tested, HIV-negative MSM, 47% reported a preference for home-based testing, 27% preferred clinic-based testing, and 26% had no preference. Less frequent testers and those who had considered testing but failed to test were more likely to prefer home-based testing. Close to 90% reported that they would use self-test kits; 62% and 54% said they would use home-based testing to make choices about unprotected sex with regular and new partners, respectively. Concerns included difficulty to understand the tests (32%) and receiving results alone (23%). Overall, home-based testing may appeal to MSM and result in increased testing frequency. Research on feasibility and utilization of self-tests in practice is needed.http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-311X2014000400724&lng=en&tlng=enHomosexulidad MasculinaHIVPruebas Serológicas
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author Sheri A. Lippman
André R. S. Périssé
Valdiléa G. Veloso
Patrick S. Sullivan
Susan Buchbinder
R. Craig Sineath
Beatriz Grinsztejn
spellingShingle Sheri A. Lippman
André R. S. Périssé
Valdiléa G. Veloso
Patrick S. Sullivan
Susan Buchbinder
R. Craig Sineath
Beatriz Grinsztejn
Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Homosexulidad Masculina
HIV
Pruebas Serológicas
author_facet Sheri A. Lippman
André R. S. Périssé
Valdiléa G. Veloso
Patrick S. Sullivan
Susan Buchbinder
R. Craig Sineath
Beatriz Grinsztejn
author_sort Sheri A. Lippman
title Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
title_short Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
title_full Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
title_fullStr Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
title_full_unstemmed Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey
title_sort acceptability of self-conducted home-based hiv testing among men who have sex with men in brazil: data from an on-line survey
publisher Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
series Cadernos de Saúde Pública
issn 0102-311X
publishDate 2014-04-01
description The Brazilian HIV/AIDS epidemic is concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM), however HIV testing rates among MSM are not commensurate with their risk. Strategies to expand early diagnosis may include use of self-conducted home-based testing kits, which are now available for purchase in the US. In April 2011 we conducted a survey with Brazilian MSM using Facebook to assess HIV testing preferences and acceptability of home-based testing. Among 356 previously tested, HIV-negative MSM, 47% reported a preference for home-based testing, 27% preferred clinic-based testing, and 26% had no preference. Less frequent testers and those who had considered testing but failed to test were more likely to prefer home-based testing. Close to 90% reported that they would use self-test kits; 62% and 54% said they would use home-based testing to make choices about unprotected sex with regular and new partners, respectively. Concerns included difficulty to understand the tests (32%) and receiving results alone (23%). Overall, home-based testing may appeal to MSM and result in increased testing frequency. Research on feasibility and utilization of self-tests in practice is needed.
topic Homosexulidad Masculina
HIV
Pruebas Serológicas
url http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-311X2014000400724&lng=en&tlng=en
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