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Table 2 Perceptions about HCV rapid test among young people who inject drugs in the UFO Study

From: Preference, acceptability and implications of the rapid hepatitis C screening test among high-risk young people who inject drugs

Variable N (%)
Among all participants (N = 129)  
Belief in accuracy of rapid vs. Standard anti-HCV test  
  Much less accurate 3 (2.3)
  Somewhat accurate 14 (10.9)
  Just as accurate 70 (54.7)
  More accurate 5 (3.9)
  Much more accurate 3 (2.3)
  Don’t know 33 (25.8)
Among HCV Rapid Test takers (N = 107)  
Main reason for choosing rapid anti-HCV test: (n = 83)*  
  1. Wanted fast results 50 (60.2)
  2. Rapid test is more convenient 10 (12.1)
  3. I am afraid of needles or blood draws 1 (1.2)
  4. I have bad veins 3 (3.6)
  5. Rapid test is less painful 4 (4.8)
  6. Rapid test requires less blood 6 (7.2)
  7. Rapid test is less stressful 4 (4.8)
  8. Rapid test is newer 1 (1.2)
  9. I trust the research staff experience 2 (2.4)
  10. I was concerned I wouldn’t get paid 2 (2.4)
Compared to standard blood draw, getting a finger prick was: (n = 99)  
  Much more painful 4 (4.0)
  More painful 9 (9.1)
  About the same amount of pain 33 (33.3)
  Less painful 29 (29.3)
  Much less painful 24 (24.2)
‘I have tested for HCV in the past and I prefer receiving my results the same day’ (n = 96)  
  Strongly agree 30 (31.3)
  Agree 51 (53.1)
  Disagree 13 (13.5)
  Strongly disagree 2 (2.1)
‘It would have been better to wait a week’ (n = 97)  
  Strongly agree 0 (0)
  Agree 3 (3.1)
  Disagree 66 (68.0)
  Strongly disagree 28 (28.9)
‘I understand the results of my test’ (n = 96)  
  Strongly agree 50 (52.1)
  Agree 44 (45.8)
  Disagree 1 (1)
  Strongly disagree 1 (1)
‘I would recommend rapid test to a friend’ (n = 98)  
  Strongly agree 42 (42.9)
  Agree 50 (51)
  Disagree 2 (2)
  Strongly disagree 4 (4.1)
  1. *Reasons for missing responses include interviewer error (n = 13) and a faulty skip pattern (corrected early in data collection) in which participants who preferred standard anti-HCV testing were not asked a follow-up question regarding testing preference reason (n = 7).