A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating Efficacy of Promoting a Home-Based HIV Self-Testing with Online Counseling on Increasing HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex with Men
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AbstractWe developed an innovative home-based HIV self-testing (HIVST) service that included mailing of a free HIVST kit, and providing online real-time instructions and pre-test/post-test counseling (HIVST-OIC). The present parallel-group and non-blinded randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of promoting HIVST-OIC in increasing HIV testing rate among 430 men who have sex with men (MSM), with access to online live-chat applications in Hong Kong. At month 6, as compared to the control group, the intervention group reported significantly higher prevalence of HIV testing of any type (89.8 vs. 50.7%; relative risk (RR): 1.77; p < 0.001). Among those who have taken up any HIV testing in the last six months, significant between-group difference was found in multiple male sex partnerships (34.2 vs. 47.7%, RR: 0.72; p = 0.021). HIVST-OIC has a strong potential in increasing prevalence of HIV testing and reducing sexual risk behaviors. Implementation research is warranted.
Acceptance Date22/08/2017
All Author(s) ListZixin Wang, Joseph T. F. Lau, Mary Ip, Shara P. Y. Ho, Phoenix K. H. Mo, Carl Latkin, Yee Ling Ma, Yoona Kim
Journal nameAIDS and Behavior
Volume Number22
Issue Number1
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages190 - 201
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsHealth promotion, Home-based HIV self-testing, Randomized controlled trial, Men who have sex with men, Online real-time instructions and pre-test/post-test counseling

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