What drives ‘first-time testers’ to test for HIV at community-based HIV testing services?
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Health solutions for the poor.
Drivers of and barriers to testing are not well understood for those who have never been tested previously and now self-initiate at a community-based human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing service (CB-HTS). This descriptive study enrolled 229 first-time testers. Participants completed an electronic questionnaire. The majority reported fear and (non) accessibility of HTS as barriers to testing (40% and 24%, respectively). Wanting ‘to know my status’ and the immediate opportunity to test were reported as drivers of testing (41% and 35%, respectively). Addressing fear of testing and providing an easily accessible opportunity to test may go some way to encouraging those previously untested individuals to test.