Surveying testing preferences in Black, Latin American, and other minorities for the co-design of digital vending machines for HIV self-testing

Lee, Ming J, Onyango, Denis, Hamza, Husseina, Phiri, Elias, Furlong, Tony, Goel, Priyanka, Edwardes, Dominic, Tweed, Marc, Guerra, Luis, Hamzah, Lisa, Dean, Gillian, Fox, Julie and Vera, Jaime H (2020) Surveying testing preferences in Black, Latin American, and other minorities for the co-design of digital vending machines for HIV self-testing. International Journal of STD and AIDS. ISSN 0956-4624

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Abstract

The use of digital vending machines (VMs) to delivery HIV self-testing (HIVST) could expand HIV testing in priority populations. We surveyed primarily Black African (BA) participants and other minority ethnicities, to identify acceptability, preferences, and concerns of using VMs for HIVST dispensing. A structured survey was developed with Black African and Caribbean, Latin American and other Minorities (BLAM) communities, and distributed between September 2018 and January 2019. Participants were recruited using mobile tablet surveys distributed by outreach volunteers, and online through BLAM communities’ websites, workshops, and language-specific messages on social media. Descriptive analyses were undertaken stratified by ethnic groups. One hundred and twenty-eight (67.0%) participants identified as BAs, 31 (16.2%) Black Caribbeans (BCs), 22 (11.5%) Latin Americans (LAs), and 10 (5.2%) other non-white ethnicities (ONWEs). Rates of willingness to use the HIVST were high in all groups except BCs (BAs 77.9%, BCs 53.6%, LAs 81.8%, ONWEs 80.0%). Most participants favoured healthcare-associated venues for VM placement, but there were differences in community venues favoured by different ethnic groups and concerns reported. HIVST is acceptable in many BLAM communities and increases understanding of the concerns and how to address them in the design of VMs for HIVST, to expand HIV testing in these priority communities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HIV, HIV testing, HIV self-testing
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Depositing User: Manuela Mcdermid
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 10:39
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 10:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89644

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