Sustaining success: a qualitative study of gay and bisexual men's experiences and perceptions of HIV self-testing in a randomized controlled trial.
Ye Zhang, Rebecca J Guy, Kirsty S Smith, Muhammad S Jamil, Garrett Prestage, Tanya L Applegate, Damian P Conway, Martin Holt, Phillip Keen, Benjamin Bavinton, Anna M McNulty, Colin Batrouney, Darren Russell, Matthew Vaughan, Marcus Chen, Christopher K Fairley, Andrew E Grulich, John M Kaldor, Denton Callander
BMC Public Health | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: HIV self-testing was proved as an effective tool for increasing testing frequency in gay and bisexual men at high risk of infection. Questions remain about understanding why HIVST encouraged testing and how such success can be translated to programmatic implementation. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative investigation of how FORTH participants experienced and perceived HIVST. Stratified sampling was used to recruit gay and bisexual men participating in the FORTH HIVST intervention to take part in interviews, focusing on infrequent testers and those who had received inaccurate HIVST results. RESULTS: Our analysis identified several prominent themes organized into two overarching d..View full abstract