Piloting an HIV self-test kit voucher program to raise serostatus awareness of high-risk African Americans, Los Angeles

Published: November 26, 2014

7th Space
Robert W Marlin, Sean D Young, Claire C Bristow, Greg Wilson Jeffrey, Rodriguez Jose Ortiz, Rhea Mathew, Jeffrey D Klausner
Original Article:  bit.ly/1CiGQuS

Up to half of all new HIV cases in Los Angeles may be caused by the 20-30% of men who have sex with men (MSM) with unrecognized HIV infection. Racial/ethnic minority MSM are at particularly high risk for being sero-unaware and due to stigma and poor healthcare access might benefit from novel private, self-testing methods, such as the recently FDA-approved OraQuick(R) In-Home HIV Test.

Methods: From July-November 2013, we undertook a pilot study to examine the feasibility of a voucher program for free OraQuick(R) tests targeting African American MSM in Los Angeles.

We determined feasibility based on: (1) the establishment of a voucher redemption and third-party payment system, (2) the willingness of community-based organizations (CBOs) to disseminate vouchers, and (3) the collection of user demographics, test and linkage-to-care results with an anonymous telephone survey.

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