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HIV Testing Attitudes and Preferences Among Urban Adolescents

by MULLINS, TANYA LILLIANE

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Objective: To determine factors associated with adolescent HIV testing and preferences for different testing methods. Methods: Sexually active 13-22 year-olds (N=200) completed a theory-based survey and were offered HIV testing. Those who agreed chose one of three HIV tests. Chi-square and logistic regression were performed to determine factors associated with testing. Results: Half of participants (49.5%) agreed to HIV testing: 51% chose rapid oral, 30% venipuncture, and 19% rapid fingerstick. Male gender (OR 3.52; 95% CI 1.35-9.21), parental completion of high school (OR 2.69; 95% CI 1.15-6.31), intention to test for HIV if offered by clinician (OR 6.78; 95% CI 2.01-22.92), and higher perceived likelihood of current HIV infection (OR 10.0; 95% CI 2.9-33.3) were independently associated with testing. Conclusions: Intention to test if offered by a clinician and perceived likelihood of current HIV infection appear to be important factors in decision to test.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:hiv testing serodiagnosis adolescents point of care health attitudes questionnaire

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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