Nov 30, 2020|
JD Health’s Report: Non-Invasive HIV Test Kits Are Gaining Popularity
by Vivian Yang
JD Health and Wondfo Health, an instant medical test kits provider in China, jointly launched a report on 2020 HIV test products’ online consumption.
The report was launched on November 30th, one day ahead of the World AIDS Day on December 1st.
There are three main types of HIV self-testing products on the market in China. According to the report, in 2019, 49% of users chose blood test kits, while about 40% people opted for the combined methods of a blood test and an oral swab. In 2020, however, though the traditional blood test method continues to be people’s first choice, users who chose new methods of saliva or urine-based tests increased by 6% compared with 2019, showing a rising popularity of non-invasive methods.
People’s awareness of sexually transmitted diseases(STD) keeps rising, as the report shows. In the past two years, HIV tests accounted for 75% of tests for STD, while syphilis and hepatitis accounted for about 20% and 5 % respectively. In the third quarter of 2020, joint testing of HIV + syphilis and HIV + hepatitis B and C increased by nearly 10% compared with the same period last year.
According to the report, 90% of online buyers of HIV self-testing kits in year 2018-2019 are young males. But the report also points out that females, especially those from high-stakes rural areas, are facing growing risks. UNAIDS’ data revealed that, among the 1.7 million new HIV infections and patients found worldwide in 2018, 48% were female cases.
Additionally, the report highlights that 60% online buyers of HIV test kits are from first and second-tier cities in China.
A livestream event with Chinese epidemiologists is being held concurrently on November 30th on the topic of AIDS prevention and treatment.