Acceptability of home self-tests for HIV in New York City, 2006

Am J Public Health. 2014 Dec;104(12):e46-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302271. Epub 2014 Oct 16.


Data from a 2006 telephone survey representative of New York City adults showed that more than half (56.2%) of those aged 18 to 64 years responded favorably to a question about acceptability of a rapid home HIV test. More than two thirds of certain subpopulations at high risk for HIV reported that they would use a rapid home HIV test, but approximately half who expressed interest had indications of financial hardship. The match of acceptability and HIV risk bodes well for self-testing utility, but cost might impede uptake.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic*
  • Urban Population


  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic