Distribution of HIV Self-tests by Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) to Social Network Associates.
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AuthorPatel, Shilpa N
Chavez, Pollyanna R
Borkowf, Craig B
Sullivan, Patrick S
Delaney, Kevin P
Wesolowski, Laura G
McNaghten, A D
MacGowan, Robin J
Journal titleAIDS and behavior
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AbstractInternet-recruited gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) were offered HIV self-tests (HIVSTs) after completing baseline, 3-, 6-, and 9-month follow-up surveys. The surveys asked about the use and distribution of these HIVSTs. Among 995 who reported on their distribution of HIVSTs, 667 (67.0%) distributed HIVSTs to their social network associates (SNAs), which resulted in 34 newly identified HIV infections among 2301 SNAs (1.5%). The main reasons participants reported not distributing HIVSTs included: wanting to use the HIVSTs themselves (74.9%); thinking that their SNAs would get angry or upset if offered HIVSTs (12.5%); or not knowing that they could give the HIVSTs away (11.3%). Self-testing programs can provide multiple HIVSTs and encourage the distribution of HIVST by MSM to their SNAs to increase awareness of HIV status among persons disproportionately affected by HIV.
CitationPatel SN, Chavez PR, Borkowf CB, Sullivan PS, Sharma A, Teplinskiy I, Delaney KP, Hirshfield S, Wesolowski LG, McNaghten AD, MacGowan RJ; eSTAMP study group. Distribution of HIV Self-tests by Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) to Social Network Associates. AIDS Behav. 2022 Nov 1:1–10. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03903-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36318431; PMCID: PMC9628448.
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