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An Online Intervention Promoting HIV Testing Service Utilization Among Chinese men who have sex with men During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A quasi-experimental Study.
Wang, Zixin; Chan, Paul Shing-Fong; Xin, Meiqi; Fang, Yuan; Chidgey, Andrew; Yu, Fuk-Yuen; Ip, Mary; Chen, Siyu; Mo, Phoenix K H.
  • Wang Z; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. wangzx@cuhk.edu.hk.
  • Chan PS; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Xin M; Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.
  • Fang Y; Department of Health and Physical Education, the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Chidgey A; AIDS Concern, Hong Kong, China.
  • Yu FY; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Ip M; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Chen S; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Mo PKH; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. phoenix.mo@cuhk.edu.hk.
AIDS Behav ; 2023 Jun 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20244506
ABSTRACT
The COVID-19 pandemic created disruptions in HIV testing service utilization among men who have sex with men (MSM). The present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an online health promotion program implemented by a community-based organization (CBO) in increasing the uptake of any type of HIV testing and home-based HIV self-testing (HIVST) over a six-month follow-up period. Participants of an observational prospective cohort study conducted during the same period served as the comparison group. This study was conducted between September 2020 and December 2021. Participants were Chinese-speaking adult MSM who were HIV-negative/unknown sero-status recruited through multiple sources in Hong Kong, China. Participants in the intervention group were exposed to the following health promotion components (1) viewing an online video promoting HIVST, (2) visiting the project webpage, and (3) having access to a chargeable HIVST service implemented by the CBO. Among 400 and 412 participants in the intervention group and the comparison group, 349 (87.3%) and 298 (72.3%) completed follow-up evaluation at Month 6. Multiple imputation was used to replace missing values. At Month 6, participants in the intervention group reported significantly higher uptake of any type of HIV testing (57.0% versus 49.0%, adjusted odds ratios [AOR] 1.43, p = .03) and HIVST (25.8% versus 14.8%, AOR 2.04, p = .001), as compared to those in the comparison group. Process evaluation of the health promotion components for the intervention group was positive. Promoting HIVST is a potentially useful strategy to increase HIV testing service utilization among Chinese MSM during the pandemic.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Cohort study / Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study Language: English Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / SINDROME DA IMUNODEFICIENCIA ADQUIRIDA (AIDS) Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10461-023-04100-5

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Cohort study / Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study Language: English Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / SINDROME DA IMUNODEFICIENCIA ADQUIRIDA (AIDS) Year: 2023 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10461-023-04100-5