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Table 2 Participant HIVST Kit Experiences

From: HIV self-testing: South African young adults’ recommendations for ease of use, test kit contents, accessibility, and supportive resources

  Phase 2a Phase 2b
  Oral fluid n = 20 (%) Finger stick n = 20(%) Oral fluid n = 32(%) Finger stick n = 8(%)
Did you complete the HIV test today?
 Yes 20 (100) 20 (100) 31 (97) 8 (100)
 No 1 (3)
Were you able to collect the sample?
 Yes 19 (95) 20 (100)
 No 1 (5)
How comfortable did you feel collecting your own sample with the test kit?
 Very comfortable 16 (84) 14 (70) 24 (77) 6 (75)
 Somewhat comfortable 3 (16) 4 (20) 6 (19) 2 (25)
 Somewhat uncomfortable 2 (10) 1 (3)
How much pain did you feel when you collected your sample with the test kit?
 No pain 19 (100) 17 (85) 31 (100) 8 (100)
 Not a lot of pain 1 (5)
 A little pain 2 (10)
How easy or difficult was it to collect your sample with the test?
 Very easy 18 (95) 12 (60) 29 (94) 7 (88)
 Somewhat easy 1 (5) 5 (25) 2 (6) 1 (13)
 Somewhat difficult 3 (15)
Most difficult part
 Too many steps/too complicated 1
 Have a hard time with blood 2
How easy or difficult was it to conduct the test once you had collected the sample?
 Very easy 18 (95) 13 (65) 27 (87) 7 (88)
 Somewhat easy 1 (5) 7 (45) 4 (13) 1 (13)
How easy or difficult was it to interpret the test results – in other words – to know if the test was positive or negative?
 Very easy 18 (95) 18 (90) 31 (100) 8 (100)
 Somewhat difficult 1 (5) 2 (10)
Do you trust the test result, meaning do you believe the result?
Yes 19 (100) 20 (100) 31 (100) 8 (100)
How confident are you that you used the test correctly?
 Very confident 17 (89) 11 (55) 29 (94) 7 (88)
 Somewhat confident 2 (11) 5 (25) 2 (6) 1 (13)
 Somewhat unconfident 4 (20)
How confident are you that you could use the test correctly in the future on your own?
 Very confident 19 (95) 20 (100) 31 (100) 8 (100)
 Somewhat confident 1 (5)
Take a moment to think about when you used the HIV test. What did you like most about the test? (Please pick your top answer)
 Trusted that results were accurate 3 (15) 1 (3)
 That the test was easy to use 4 (20) 5 (25) 8 (26) 1 (13)
 That the test was comfortable to use 2 (10) 1 (5) 1 (3) 1 (13)
 That I could do the test myself 14 (70) 10 (50) 19 (61) 5 (63)
 It was a new way to test for HIV 1 (5) 1 (3) 1 (13)
 It used saliva to test for HIV 1 (3)
What did you like least about the test?
 Fear of Pricking 3 (15)
 Test was Painful 1 (13)
 Waiting Time 1 (13)
 There was nothing I disliked about the test 20 (100) 17 (85) 31 (100) 6 (75)
For your next HIV test, would you prefer to go to the clinic or test yourself at home?
 Health Worker 8 (20)
 Do it yourself at home 20 (100) 32 (80)
If you would prefer to test yourself at home, would you like someone to be there with you?
 Yes 11 (55) 6 (19)
 No 9 (45) 26 (81)
If you would like to have someone with you, who would you like to be there?
 A friend 1 (17)
 A family member 4 (67)
 A sexual partner 1 (17)
If HIV self-test kits were available (like the one you used today), how likely is it that you would use one to test yourself for HIV?
 Very likely 18 (90) 40 (100)
 Somewhat likely 1 (5)
 Somewhat unlikely 1 (5)
If both tests (blood and saliva) were available in the future, which would you likely pick?
 Blood 6 (30) 11 (28)
 Saliva 11 (55) 29 (72)
 No preference, I like both 3 (15)
How much would you pay for this HIV test kit (oral or blood, respectively)?
 Range 10–200 10–300 0–300
  1. Note: - indicates that the question was not asked or applicable, or that the response was zero