[HIV/AIDS screening program in community pharmacies in the Basque Country (Spain)]

Gac Sanit. 2013 Mar-Apr;27(2):164-6. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2012.02.010. Epub 2012 May 2.
[Article in Spanish]


Objectives: To describe the outcomes of the pilot program of a rapid HIV antibody screening test offered at Basque pharmacies, the socio-demographic characteristics of users and their acceptance of the test.

Methods: Users of a rapid HIV antibody screening test (20 pharmacies) were surveyed. A random sample of 3514 tests (N = 806) performed in 1 year was taken. Statistical analyses included exact tests.

Results: There were 806 valid questionnaires. Seven tests were positive (0.85%; 95% confidence interval: 0.34-1.75); five of the users with positive tests were men. The mean age was 36.2 years (standard deviation = 11.0; range: 16-82 years; 70.7% men). Users' risk behavior was predominantly heterosexual and half of the users (58.6%) had no previous HIV tests. The main reasons for choosing this test were its speed, and the convenience and accessibility of community pharmacies.

Conclusions: This new rapid HIV antibody screening test in community pharmacies could supplement other HIV screening programs currently in operation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Pharmacies*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Spain