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A Qualitative Analysis of HIV Testing Behaviors among Black MSM in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Sophia hussen md, mph, robert stephenson phd , carlos del rio , md, leo wilton phd , jermel wallace MHS, and darrell wheeler phd on behalf of hptn 061. Typology of HIV Testing Patterns.

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A qualitative analysis of hiv testing behaviors among black msm in atlanta georgia usa

A Qualitative Analysis of HIV Testing Behaviors among Black MSM in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Sophia hussen md, mph, robertstephensonphd, carlos del rio, md, leowiltonphd, jermelwallace MHS, and darrell wheeler phd on behalf of hptn 061


Typology of hiv testing patterns

Typology of HIV Testing Patterns

  • Maintenance Testersdescribed testing as a part of routine self-care.

    “It was just something that I would normally do. I normally get tested every six months cause I knew once I became sexually active that was just the right thing to do—that’s how I was brought up, I guess.”

  • Risk-Based Testerssought testing based on changes in relationship status or sexual activity.

    “Last time I was tested before that was like, it must have been about five years and then the time before that was probably five years, cause I lost a lover to the virus in 1989 and…I was getting tested regularly for the next couple of years after that, but then after that, I kind of stopped.”

  • Convenience Testerswere influenced by structural issues like location and cost.

    “The only reason why I got tested is cause a friend of mine worked for an organization...and they brought a test with them to my house. Then after that test, I went to gay pride and I took a test in the park.”

  • Test Avoiderscited fear as a major reason for not testing or failing to follow up on test results.

    “I could've went back but, it just didn't fit, the fear of the results being positive. The fear of hearing that, that's the main thing-- nobody wants to hear that.”


Characterization of socio contextual constructs

Characterization of Socio-Contextual Constructs


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Dichotomous conceptualizations of HIV testing are insufficient for understanding testing behaviors over time.

  • There is considerable diversity among Black MSMwith respect to HIV testing, age, identity, stigma, and healthcare access.

  • Future work should test and apply this framework in larger samples and different geographic settings.


A qualitative analysis of hiv testing behaviors among black msm in atlanta georgia usa

HPTN 061 Acknowledgements

  • National Institutes of Health: NIAID, NIDA & NIMH

  • Protocol Co-Chairs:

    • Beryl Koblin, PhD

    • Kenneth Mayer, MD

    • Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH

  • HPTN 061 Protocol Team Members

  • HPTN 061 Study Participants

  • HPTN Network Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

  • Statistical and Data Management Center, SCHARP

  • HPTN CORE Operating Center, FHI 360

  • Black Gay Research Group

  • HPTN 061 Black Caucus

  • HPTN Scholars program Funded by NIH (NIAID/NIDA/NIMH) under Cooperative Agreement # UM1 AI068619

Clinical Research Sites, Staff and CABs

  • Emory University

  • Fenway Institute

  • George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

  • Harlem Prevention Center

  • New York Blood Center

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • UCLA Vine Street Clini


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