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HIV testing practices of South African township MSM in the era of expanded access to ART

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-08 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T18:26:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T18:26:30Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2298
dc.description.abstract While men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa are at high risk for HIV infection, few of those already infected know their status. Effectively promoting frequent HIV testing of increasing importance with the expanding accessibility of antiretroviral treatment requires an understanding of the testing practices in this population. To understand men's HIV testing practices, including their behavior, experiences, and perceptions, we conducted in-depth interviews with 81 black South African MSM (ages 20-39), purposively recruited from four townships. Many men in the sample had tested for HIV. While ever having tested seemed to facilitate repeat testing, men still expressed a high level of discomfort with testing. It was common to test after having engaged in risky behavior, thus increasing anxiety about testing that was already present. Fear that they might test HIV positive caused some men to avoid testing until they were clearly sick, and others to avoid testing completely. HIV testing may increase in this population if it becomes a routine practice, instead of being driven by anxiety-inducing incidents. Mobilization through social support might facilitate frequent testing while education about current treatment options is needed. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject HOMOSEXUALITY en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject TOWNSHIP en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.subject ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY en
dc.title HIV testing practices of South African township MSM in the era of expanded access to ART en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber SGATCA en
dc.Volume August en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle AIDS and Behavior en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New York, USA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8314 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7042 en
dc.bibliographictitle Sandfort, T.G.M., Knox, J., Collier, K.L., Lane, T. & Reddy, V. (2014) HIV testing practices of South African township MSM in the era of expanded access to ART. <i>AIDS and Behavior</i>. August:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Sandfort, T.G.M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Knox, J. en
dc.contributor.author3 Collier, K.L. en
dc.contributor.author4 Lane, T. en
dc.contributor.author5 Reddy, V. en


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