Home-based delivery of HIV self-tests by adolescent girls and young women to male sexual partners in Johannesburg, South Africa: benefits and concerns

Angela Tembo, Lillian Mutunga, Sheree Schwartz, Jean Bassett, Tara Polzer Ngwato, Nomancotsho Pakade, Annelies Van Rie

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Abstract

There is limited information about the best strategy for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to negotiate HIV testing with their male partners. HIV self-testing as a strategy has the potential to overcome barriers to traditional HIV testing among men. We conducted formative feasibility research on secondary distribution of HIV self-tests by HIV negative AGYW to their male partners in northern Johannesburg, South Africa. A total of 8 focus group discussions with AGYW and men and 20 key informant interviews with community stakeholders were conducted to determine the best approach to partner-initiated testing. This study suggested that AGYW-initiated secondary distribution of HIV self-testing to their male sexual partners is considered an acceptable strategy by AGYW, men, and the community at large. The benefits included empowerment of women, reduction in HIV-testing associated stigma, and increased privacy and confidentiality for the men who test. Major concerns were safety of the AGYW, safety of men testing positive at home, and the lack of pre- and post-test counseling. The outcomes of the formative research were used to refine strategies for a secondary distribution of HIV self-testing intervention.

Keywords

  • acceptability
  • adolescent girls and young women (AGYW)
  • HIV self-testing
  • men
  • secondary distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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