No Place Like Home? Disentangling Preferences for HIV Testing Locations and Services Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China

Stephen W. Pan, Maya Durvasula, Jason J. Ong, Chuncheng Liu, Weiming Tang, Hongyun Fu, Chongyi Wei, Cheng Wang, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Joseph D. Tucker

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Abstract

In China, some health departments and gay community-based organizations have begun to offer home-based HIV testing kits in order to augment test uptake among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, HIV test preferences and motivations for home-testing among MSM in China are not well understood. The HIV testing preferences of 803 MSM throughout China were evaluated using single-item assessment and a discrete choice experiment (DCE). In both the single-item assessment and DCE, participants expressed strong preference for free and anonymous testing by health professionals. Both approaches also indicated that naïve testers most prefer home testing. However, among previous testers, the single-item assessment indicated that “home” was the most preferred testing location (vs. hospital or clinic), while the DCE indicated that “home” was the least preferred testing location after controlling for anonymity. HIV home-testing may have limited appeal to previously tested Chinese MSM if anonymity is not maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-859
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

Keywords

  • Asia
  • Choice analysis
  • Gay
  • Patient centered
  • Stated choice
  • Stated preference

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