College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

HIV Testing Among Sexually Active Hispanic/Latino MSM in Miami-Dade County and New York City: Opportunities for Increasing Acceptance and Frequency of Testing

ISBN or ISSN

1524-8399

Publication Title

Health Promotion Practice

Volume

15

Issue

6

Publication Date / Copyright Date

11-1-2014

First Page

867

Last Page

880

DOI Number

10.1177/1524839914537493

Abstract

HIV testing behavior is important in understanding the high rates of undiagnosed infection among Hispanic/ Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). Correlates of repeat/recent testing (within the past year and ≥5 tests during lifetime) and test avoidance (never or >5 years earlier) were examined among 608 sexually active Hispanic/Latino MSM (Miami-Dade County and New York City). Those who reported repeat/recent testing were more likely to have incomes over $30,000, speak English predominately, and have visited and disclosed same-sex behavior to a health care provider (HCP) in the past year. Those who were classified as test avoiders were less likely to have incomes over $10,000 and to have seen an HCP in the past year. The main reason for not testing (in both groups) was fear of HIV positivity; however, twice as many test avoiders considered this their main reason, and more test avoiders had confidentiality concerns. Results suggest that messages to encourage testing among Hispanic/ Latino MSM may be most effective if past testing patterns and reasons for not testing are considered. HCPs can play an important role by consistently offering HIV tests to MSM and tailoring messages based on prior testing histories.

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Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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