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Table 2 Acceptability of HIVST and reasons for use/non-use among MSM according to no previous HIV test and a previous HIV negative result in 12 Brazilian cities, 2016

From: Acceptability of HIV self-testing is low among men who have sex with men who have not tested for HIV: a study with respondent-driven sampling in Brazil

Variables Overalla No previous HIV testa Previous negative HIV resulta p-value*
% 95%CI %2 95%CI % 95%CI
Acceptability of HIVST           0.07
 Yes 47.3 (43.5–51.1) 42.7 (36.3–49.3) 50.1 (45.3–54.9)
 No 52.7 (48.9–56.5) 57.3 (50.7–63.7) 49.9 (45.1–54.7)
Reasons to use HIVST
 Curiosity 31.3 (26.7–36.4) 36.8 (27.1–47.7) 28.6 (24.0–33.7) 0.14
 As a routine test 27.8 (24.2–31.7) 25.8 (19.2–33.8) 28.8 (24.7–33.4) 0.50
 It is more practical/easiness 17.8 (13.6–22.8) 10.7 (6.3–17.5) 21.4 (15.9–28.1) 0.01
 Believes to be at risk for HIV infection 16.6 (13.5–20.4) 16.8 (11.0–24.8) 16.6 (13.1–20.8) 0.95
 Confidentiality 11.3 (8.5–14.9) 8.9 (6.1–12.8) 12.6 (8.8–17.6) 0.18
Reasons to not use HIVST
 Fear 42.7 (37.2–48.3) 50.0 (41.8–58.3) 37.8 (30.8–45.3) 0.03
 Does not see any reason to use it 23.8 (20.0–27.9) 24.6 (19.0–31.2) 23.2 (18.3–28.9) 0.73
 Unaware of test availability 2.3 (1.6–3.3) 2.5 (1.5–4.4) 2.1 (1.2–3.5) 0.62
 Believe to be at low or no risk for HIV infection 1.8 (1.0–3.0) 1.1 (0.5–2.3) 2.2 (1.1–4.4) 0.14
 Because it has never been offered 1.6 (1.0–2.6) 1.2 (0.6–2.4) 1.8 (1.0–3.4) 0.39
  1. a Weighted proportion by Gile-SS
  2. * p-value refers to the comparison of proportions between: “no previous HIV test” and “negative previous HIV result”