Table 2

Outline of study visits

Study time pointVisit byActivities
RecruitmentPeer educator▸ Peer educator discusses study with potentially eligible participant and refers them to study staff
EnrolmentResearch assistant
  • Assessment of eligibility

  • Informed consent (if eligible)

  • Baseline quantitative survey

  • Baseline qualitative survey (∼5%)

RandomisationResearch assistant▸ Randomisation of peer educator and their cohort of participants once all group members are enrolled
Intervention visit 1 (week 0)Peer educator
  • Group-based intervention

  • HIV prevention counselling and distribution of condoms

  • Training on HIV self-test use (in HIVST arms)

  • Distribution of HIV self-tests or coupons (in HIVST arms)

Intervention visit 2 (weeks 2–3)Peer educator
  • Screening for adverse events

  • Discussion of any difficulty with HIV self-test use (in HIVST arms)

  • Referral to care and standard HIV testing

  • Distribution of condoms

One-month visit (weeks 4–5)Research assistant
  • One-month quantitative survey

  • One-month qualitative survey (∼5%)

  • Screening for adverse events

Intervention visit 3 (weeks 6–7)Peer educator
  • Screening for adverse events

  • Discussion of any difficulty with HIV self-test use (in HIVST arms)

  • Referral to care and standard HIV testing

  • Distribution of condoms

Intervention visit 4 (weeks 10–12)Peer educator
  • Screening for adverse events

  • Discussion of any difficulty with HIV self-test use (in HIVST arms)

  • Referral to care and standard HIV testing

  • Distribution of condoms

  • Distribution of second HIV self-test or coupon (in HIVST arms)

Four-month visit (weeks 16–18)Research assistant
  • Four-month quantitative survey

  • Four-month qualitative survey (∼5%)

  • Screening for adverse events

  • HIV status assessment

  • HIVST, HIV self-testing.