Table 3

Participant perceptions of the next steps following HIV self-test results. n=99

Next stepHIV self-test result
HIV-negativeHIV-positiveInvalid
n (%)n (%)n (%)
Test again in 12 months*000
Test again in 3 months24 (25)3 (3)4 (5)
Retake another oral HIV self-test8 (8)7 (7)51 (58)
Get confirmatory test at clinic20 (21)45 (46)32 (36)
Don’t know2 (2)4 (4)3 (3)
Other: get counselling21 (21)1 (1)
Other: start treatment1 (1)41 (42)2 (2)
Other: use protection53 (53)4 (4)3 (3)
Other: look after yourself1 (1)
Other: suicidal thoughts1 (1)
Other: test again in 1.5 months1 (1)
Other: consult others2 (2)
Other: give up on testing1 (1)
  • Sample size, n=99.

  • (–) participants did not mention this ‘Other’ category.

  • *None of the participants responded that they should test for HIV again in 12 months, as indicated with n=0.