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Table 4 eHealth and HIV testing, linkage to care and treatment adherence

From: Using eHealth to engage and retain priority populations in the HIV treatment and care cascade in the Asia-Pacific region: a systematic review of literature

Study Country Study design Study Population Sample size (N=) Technology mode Purpose of study Study description Study duration Key outcome assessed of interest in this review Results/Authors’ conclusions
Internet to increase HIV testing and treatment uptake
Mi et al. 2015 China Quasi-RCT HIV positive MSM
N = 202
Internet Investigate efficacy of web-based intervention in increasing HIV testing and treatment uptake among MSM I = participants were given access to online program including an information exchanges website, a bulletin board system, an individualised online counselling with trained peer educators, and an animation game
C = standard of care
24 weeks Early initiation of ART
Motivating partners to receive ART
The intervention group had significant increases in motivating partners to accept HIV testing (42.3% vs 25.5%, p = 0.0156) compared with the control group.
There were no between-group differences on receiving ART (p = 0.368).
  1. I intervention group, C control group, PI pre-intervention group, MSM men who have sex with men, SMS short message service, HIV human immunodeficiency virus, STI sexually transmissible infections, VCT Voluntary Counselling and Testing, CI confidence interval, iPOL internet popular opinion leaders, nPEP non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis, HCW health care workers, AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, RCT randomised controlled trial, PLHIV people living with HIV, ART antiretroviral therapy, IVR interactive voice response, QoL quality of life, SMS short message service, N/A not applicable, CD4 cluster of differentiation 4, EDM electronic drug monitoring, RR risk ratio