A service evaluation comparing home-based testing to clinic-based testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B in Birmingham and Solihull.

Banerjee, Prita, Madhwapathi, Vidya, Thorley, Nicola and Radcliffe, Keith (2020) A service evaluation comparing home-based testing to clinic-based testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B in Birmingham and Solihull. International journal of STD & AIDS. p. 956462419900461. ISSN 1758-1052.

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Abstract

The sexual health services in the Birmingham and Solihull area of the United Kingdom, called Umbrella, has been offering home-based testing for sexually transmitted infections to patients since August 2015. The aim of this service evaluation was to evaluate the uptake, return rate and new diagnosis rates of home-based testing in comparison with clinic-based testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis (STS) and hepatitis B. Home-based testing, although popular, had low uptake amongst high-risk groups such as men who have sex with men (MSM), compared to the clinic-based group (1% versus 11%, p < 0.001). This resulted in low positivity rates for HIV (0.02%) and STS (0.17%) and no new cases of hepatitis B in the home-based group. Therefore, our results show that home-based testing is not a cost-effective method of testing for HIV and likely this is also the case for hepatitis B and STS. Our recommendation would be to encourage uptake of home-based testing in high-risk groups such as MSM and Black Africans to improve the diagnosis rates of HIV, STS and hepatitis B. Alternatively, the continuation of home-based blood testing in the Birmingham and Solihull area will need to be reviewed by Umbrella as a cost-saving strategy for the service in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WC Communicabable diseases
WX Health services
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 10:14
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 10:14
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3064

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