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Usage of purchased self-tests for HIV infections among migrants living in the UK, France and the Netherlands: a cross-sectional study

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  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Contributors JPB interpreted the data and wrote the draft of the manuscript. JPB, FRZ and MP designed this study on self-testing, and FRZ and MP supervised the analyses and interpretation of the data. FB led the design and implementation of the European aMASE study. IF coordinated the European aMASE study. AV-A was responsible for the data collection in France. All authors provided substantial contribution to the interpretation of the data and to subsequent drafts, and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The aMASE study is part of the Work Package 14 of EuroCoord, which is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (EuroCoord grant no 260694). Additional funding for the analyses of the present study was received from the Public Health Service of Amsterdam’s Research and Development Fund (project no 12-29).

  • Competing interests MP and FRZ have received non-financial support (ie, HIVST kits) from OraSure Technologies for another investigator-initiated study concerning HIV self-testing. FB has received conference support and consultancy fees from Gilead Sciences.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was obtained from the London-Bentham Research Ethics Committee (11/LO/1600) and the ethics committee of the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam (2013_137#C20131038).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Contributors JPB interpreted the data and wrote the draft of the manuscript. JPB, FRZ and MP designed this study on self-testing, and FRZ and MP supervised the analyses and interpretation of the data. FB led the design and implementation of the European aMASE study. IF coordinated the European aMASE study. AV-A was responsible for the data collection in France. All authors provided substantial contribution to the interpretation of the data and to subsequent drafts, and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The aMASE study is part of the Work Package 14 of EuroCoord, which is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (EuroCoord grant no 260694). Additional funding for the analyses of the present study was received from the Public Health Service of Amsterdam’s Research and Development Fund (project no 12-29).

  • Competing interests MP and FRZ have received non-financial support (ie, HIVST kits) from OraSure Technologies for another investigator-initiated study concerning HIV self-testing. FB has received conference support and consultancy fees from Gilead Sciences.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval was obtained from the London-Bentham Research Ethics Committee (11/LO/1600) and the ethics committee of the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam (2013_137#C20131038).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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