A study, published in Trials, evaluated the impact, acceptability, feasibility and cost of home-based HCV self-testing made accessible via an online platform in Malaysia.
The primary objective of the study was to assess the impact of home-based HCV self-testing offered via an online platform on the uptake of HCV antibody testing among key populations in Malaysia. The secondary objectives of the study were as follows:
- To assess the impact of HCV self-testing on the number of HCV antibody-positive individuals who are aware of their HCV status
- To assess the impact of HCV self-testing on linkage to care and completion of HCV RNA confirmatory testing among HCV antibody-positive individuals
- To assess the impact of HCV self-testing on treatment initiation in HCV RNA-positive individuals eligible to begin treatment
- To assess the acceptability and feasibility of HCV self-testing at baseline and after study participation
- To compare the cost of HCV self-testing with the cost of standard of care
Full study results can be accessed here.