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Author for correspondence: Rob Stephenson Hubert Department of Global Health Rollins School of Public Health 1518 Clifton Road NE, #7025 Atlanta, GA, 30322 Tel: 404 727 9976 rbsteph@sph.emory.edu

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Research Funding:

This research was supported in part by a developmental grant from the NIH Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (P30AI050409).

Keywords:

  • CVCT
  • MSM
  • HIV testing
  • Couples

High levels of acceptability of couples-based HIV testing among MSM in South Africa

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Journal Title:

AIDS Care

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Volume 24, Number 4

Publisher:

, Pages 529-535

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

The acceptability of couples-based voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT) has not been previously investigated among MSM in South Africa. Using online advertisements, data were collected from 486 MSM, who were 18 years of age or older with a current residence in South Africa and had at least one male sex partner in the previous 12 months. The analysis examined associations between individual characteristics and willingness to utilize CVCT services. The willingness to utilize CVCT services was compellingly high (89%) among this sample of mostly White/European African (89%) and HIV-negative (83%) men. MSM who reported higher numbers of completed school years were less likely to report willingness to use CVCT. Willingness did not vary significantly across other individual demographic or behavioral characteristics. Our results show an overwhelmingly high acceptance of CVCT services. Future studies should survey a more heterogeneous population of MSM, explore the complex nature of same-sex male relationships, and why respondents would or would not use these HIV testing services.

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© 2012 Taylor & Francis

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