February 17, 2023
One Health Trust researchers co-authored a study that examined South Africans’ values related to COVID-19 self-testing through a cross-sectional survey conducted in one urban and one rural setting in South Africa in September 2021. Most participants supported the idea of COVID-19 self-testing, and over half were willing to pay for a self-test. Upon testing positive on a self-test, more than 90 percent of respondents reported that they would notify a clinic or local hotline of their positive result. While self-testing is widely accepted by South Africans in both rural and urban settings, the authors emphasize that self-testing should not place any additional financial burden on a population experiencing growing unemployment rates.
Find the article in Preventive Medicine Reports, here.