A report back on Siroat Jittjang's session - HIV testing? The answer is YES stupid!
This session focused on the willingness to pay and acceptability of self-testing in Thailand.
Mr. Jittjang gave 2 presentations about his Thai study on self-testing. They looked at assisted and unassisted self-testing, depending on patient preference. The majority of participants chose to have assisted testing, where it was done in front of a tester using the oraquick oral HIV test kit by MSM and transgender women. It was very well accepted by both groups (>80%) and most preferred the assisted self testing. 34- 38% were first time testers. One of the negatives were the number of participants who did not link to follow up services with either a reactive or irregular test result. The acceptable pricing for these tests were between USD8-9.50.