Exploring repeat HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Show simple item record

dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-22 en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T16:53:47Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T16:53:47Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2278
dc.description.abstract Despite the high prevalence of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) and the general adult population in South Africa, there is little data regarding the extent to which MSM seek repeat testing for HIV. This study explores reported histories of HIV testing, and the rationales for test seeking, among a purposive sample of 34 MSM in two urban areas of South Africa. MSM participated in activity-based in-depth interviews that included a timeline element to facilitate discussion. Repeat HIV testing was limited among participants, with three-quarters having two or fewer lifetime HIV tests, and over one-third of the sample having one or fewer lifetime tests. For most repeat testers, the time gap between their HIV tests was greater than the one-year interval recommended by national guidelines. Analysis of the reasons for seeking HIV testing revealed several types of rationale. The reasons for a first HIV test were frequently onetime occurrences, such as a requirement prior to circumcision, or motivations likely satisfied by a single HIV test. For MSM who reported repeat testing at more timely intervals, the most common rationale was seeking test results with a sex partner. Results indicate a need to shift HIV test promotion messaging and programming for MSM in South Africa away from a one-off model to one that frames HIV testing as a repeated, routine health maintenance behavior. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject HOMOSEXUALITY en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject CAPE TOWN en
dc.subject PORT ELIZABETH en
dc.title Exploring repeat HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 27(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle AIDS Care en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Abingdon, England en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8337 en
dc.PageNumber 229-234 en
dc.outputnumber 7064 en
dc.bibliographictitle Siegler, A.J., Sullivan, P.S., De Voux, A., Phaswana-Mafuya, N., Bekker, L-G., Baral, S.D., Winskell, K., Kose, Z., Wirtz, A.L., Brown, B. & Stephenson, R. (2014) Exploring repeat HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. AIDS Care. 27(2):229-234. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2278 en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Siegler, A.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Sullivan, P.S. en
dc.contributor.author3 De Voux, A. en
dc.contributor.author4 Phaswana-Mafuya, N. en
dc.contributor.author5 Bekker, L-G. en
dc.contributor.author6 Baral, S.D. en
dc.contributor.author7 Winskell, K. en
dc.contributor.author8 Kose, Z. en
dc.contributor.author9 Wirtz, A.L. en
dc.contributor.author10 Brown, B. en
dc.contributor.author11 Stephenson, R. en

Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record