Author(s): Sumartojo E, Lyles C, Choi K, Clark L, Collins C, , Sumartojo E, Lyles C, Choi K, Clark L, Collins C,
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Abstract This study assessed HIV testing among 2,621 urban young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Of these, 77\% were men of colour, 30\% reported recent unprotected anal intercourse (UAI), 22\% had never tested for HIV and 71\% had not tested recently. Ever testing was associated with older age (OR=1.28), being employed (OR=1.34), exposure to more types of HIV preventions (linear trend p=0.02), sex with a main partner (OR=1.92), sex with a non-main partner (OR=1.36), UAI with a non-main partner (OR=0.53), UAI in the last three months (OR=1.32), knowing a comfortable place for testing (OR=5.44) and social support (OR=1.47). Rates of ever testing increased with behavioural risk with main partners; rates were lowest for men reporting high-risk with non-main partners. Recent testing was associated with greater numbers of HIV-prevention exposures (linear trend p = <0.001), sex with a main partner (OR=1.30), knowing a comfortable place for testing (OR=2.31) and social support (OR=1.23). Findings underscore the urgency of promoting testing among YMSM, point to components for the recruitment and retention of young MSM of colour in testing programmes and highlight the need for a theory-based approach to intervention development.
This article was published in AIDS Care
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research