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Table 1 Demographic characteristics and home-based PrEP (HB-PrEP) interest survey responses for in-person and online cohorts

From: Feasibility of a novel self-collection method for blood samples and its acceptability for future home-based PrEP monitoring

  In-person (n = 48)a Online (n = 118)a
  n % n %
Response type   
 Demographic and behavioral
  Age (years), median (IQR) 33 (27–39) 35 (29–41)
  Gender
   Cisgender man 44 91.7 90 89.1
   Non-binary 1 0.02 3 3.0
   Other not listed 1 0.02 8 7.9
  Race/ethnicity
   Non-Hispanic white 26 54.2 53 52.0
   Latinx 6 12.5 17 16.7
   Mixed race/other 4 8.3 14 13.7
   Non-Hispanic black 4 8.3 9 8.8
  Gender of sex partnersb
   Cisgender men 43 89.6 94 79.6
   Cisgender women 5 10.4 7 5.9
   Transgender man/woman 3 6.3 20 16.9
   Non-binary/other not listed 8 16.7 12 10.2
  Currently on PrEP 34 70.8 101 99
   Duration of PrEP use (years), median (IQR) 2.5 (1.6–3.9) 2.5 (1.5–4)
  History of prior syphilis 16 33.3 21 39.6
 Survey Items
  Given current COVID restrictions, are you interested in collecting your own PrEP lab samples at home?  
   Yes 34 87.2 90 88.2
   Maybe/not sure 5 12.8 8 7.8
   No 4 3.9
  When COVID restrictions end, would you be interested in HB-PrEP over coming to clinic?  
   Yes 24 82.8 74 72.3
   Maybe 5 17.2 21 20.5
   No 5 4.9
  If home testing required you to collect blood in a small tube at home, how would you prefer to collect specimens?  
   Come to clinic for blood draw 7 17.9 24 24.5
   Collect blood sample at home 32 82.1 74 75.5
  Would the option to mail in kits from home make you more likely to stay on PrEP?  
   More likely 15 38.5 46 46.9
   About the same 22 56.4 50 51.0
  If we could not perform syphilis testing, would you still be interested in home kits for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia testing only?  
   Yes 34 87.2   
   Maybe/not sure 4 10.3   
  Did you find the process to collect blood using the Tasso device was difficult?  
   Yes 0 0.0   
   No 45 93.8   
   Somewhat 3 6.3   
  Do you feel like you could collect a blood sample like this on your own at home?  
   Yes 37 94.9   
   Maybe/not sure 2 5.1   
 What are you concerns about collecting your own blood sample at home?  
   None 45 93.8   
   Identified concern 3 6.2   
  1. HB-PrEP home-based PrEP, IQR interquartile range, PrEP pre-exposure prophylaxis
  2. aSums and percentages may not add to total or 100%. All questions were optional and response counts varied
  3. bParticipants could select more than one gender