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Table 2 Perceived acceptability of and willingness to use syringe vending machines (N = 149)

From: Perceived acceptability of and willingness to use syringe vending machines: results of a cross-sectional survey of out-of-service people who inject drugs in Tbilisi, Georgia

Variable N (%) 95% CI
Lower Upper
Do you believe SVMs will be beneficial for PWID?
 Yes 148 (99) 95.3% 99.9%
 No 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
Will you personally use SVM?
 Yes 145 (97) 93.0% 99.0%
 No 4 (3) 1.0% 7.0%
Reasons for using SVMa
 No need to interact with pharmacy 61 (41) 33.3% 49.1%
 Free of charge injection instruments 61 (41) 33.3% 49.1%
 Accessible 24/7 28 (19) 13.2% 26.0%
 Guaranteed confidentiality 15 (10) 6.1% 16.1%
 Quick service, no need to wait in line (in pharmacy) 15 (10) 6.1% 16.1%
 HIV and HCV self-tests 14 (9) 5.6% 15.3%
 If injection instruments will be of high quality 7 (5) 2.2% 9.6%
 If SVM will be conveniently located (in close proximity to me) 5 (3) 1.4% 7.9%
 Contains all you need for injection 4 (3) 1.0% 7.0%
 Because it will distribute naloxone 2 (1) .3% 5.3%
 You cannot buy some items in pharmacies due to fear of police 2 (1) .3% 5.3%
 Impossible to get everything you need in the pharmacy 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
 No need to interact with fixed NSP 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
 Do not know 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
Will you perform HIV testing given self-test kits available from SVM?
 Yes 134 (90) 83.9% 93.9%
 No 11 (7) 4.1% 12.9%
 Prefer to do on-site testing 0 (0) 0% 0%
 Not interested in testing at all 4 (3) 1.0% 7.0%
Will provision of general health consumables make SVMs more acceptable for general public?
 Definitely Yes 108 (72) 64.7% 79.1%
 Probably Yes 32 (21) 15.6% 28.9%
 Probably No 6 (4) 1.8% 8.7%
 Definitely No 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
 Refuse to answer 0 (0) 0% 0%
 Do not know 2 (1) .3% 5.3%
Should SVM distribute kits for money?
 No 55 (37) 29.5% 45.0%
 Yes, for less than it would cost to buy from pharmacy 75 (50) 42.3% 58.4%
 Yes, for the same price as it would cost in pharmacy 16 (11) 6.6% 16.9%
 Yes, for more than it would cost to buy from pharmacy 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
 Refuse to answer 0 (0) 0% 0%
 Do not know 2 (1) .3% 5.3%
Which of the following SVM access means do you prefer?
 Money 17 (11) 7.2% 17.7%
 Multi-use permanent plastic card 117 (79) 71.1% 84.4%
 Single-use coupon 14 (9) 5.6% 15.3%
 Refuse to answer 1 (1) .1% 4.7%
  1. aSum exceeds 100% due to multiple response options