Rationale and design of FORTH: a randomised controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of HIV self-testing in increasing HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men

Jamil, Muhammad S., Prestage, Garrett, Fairley, Christopher K., Smith, Kirsty S., Kaldor, John M., Grulich, Andrew E., McNulty, Anna M., Chen, Marcus, Holt, Martin, Conway, Damien P., Wand, Handan, Keen, Phillip, Batrouney, Colin, Bradley, Jack, Bavinton, Benjamin R., Ryan, Dermot, Russell, Darren, and Guy, Rebecca J. (2015) Rationale and design of FORTH: a randomised controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of HIV self-testing in increasing HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men. BMC Infectious Diseases, 15 (561). pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Gay and bisexual men (GBM) are a major risk group for HIV acquisition, yet the majority of higher-risk GBM test for HIV less often than recommended (3–6 monthly). HIV self-testing has the potential to increase testing frequency and improve awareness of personal HIV status. HIV self-tests have been approved in some countries, however there are concerns whether self-testing would increase HIV testing frequency enough to compensate for the reduced sensitivity of self-tests in early infection. We describe here a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of self-testing in increasing HIV testing frequency among higher-risk GBM, and its acceptability.

Item ID: 44379
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: HIV, MSM, testing, self-test, home test
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© 2015 Jamil et al. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

ISSN: 1471-2334
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC STI Program Grant No. 568971
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 23:22
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110324 Venereology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 40%
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