Who Do You Reach? A Norwegian Pilot Project on HIV Self-Testing that Targeted Men Who Have Sex with Men
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Original versionBjørnshagen V, Moseng BU, Ugreninov E. Who Do You Reach? A Norwegian Pilot Project on HIV Self-Testing that Targeted Men Who Have Sex with Men. Aids and Behavior. 2019 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-019-02484-x
HIV self-testing reduces barriers associated with other HIV testing services, such as concerns about confidentiality and inconvenience. This article demonstrates who might benefit from this approach to HIV testing by describing the characteristics of men who have sex with men (MSM) who took interest in a Norwegian pilot project on HIV self-testing. Of the MSM users, 27 percent reported that they had never been tested for HIV. Not disclosing one’s same-sex sexuality, particularly among non-gay-identified MSM, was associated with a higher probability of never having been tested for HIV and choosing to test with an HIV self-test because of its anonymity. Never having been tested for HIV was also associated with a higher probability of choosing to test with an HIV self-test due to anonymity. The results suggest that the HIV self-tests’ ability to reach MSM who otherwise would not be tested is partly because it is an anonymous HIV testing alternative.