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HIV testing and management: findings from a national sample of Asian/Pacific islander men who have sex with men.
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PMID:  22379218     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We examined reasons for and barriers to participating in HIV voluntary counseling and testing for Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S.
METHODS: We collected data between June 2007 and September 2009 in a study known as Men of Asia Testing for HIV, using a cross-sectional community-based participatory design. This national study was conducted in seven U.S. metropolitan cities through a coalition of seven community-based organizations.
RESULTS: Participants included 445 self-identified A/PI MSM aged ≥18 years. Perception of being at risk was the number one reason for testing behaviors. For first-time testers, structural barriers (e.g., language barriers with health professionals) and fear of disclosure (e.g., sexual orientation not known to parents) were deterrents for nontesting in the past. Among previously known HIV-positive men, 22% were not seeing a doctor and 19% were not taking any HIV medications.
CONCLUSIONS: HIV testing, care, and treatment policies would be less than optimal without addressing barriers to testing, including stigma related to sexual orientation, among A/PI MSM.
Frank Y Wong; Eric J Nehl; Jennifer J Han; Z Jennifer Huang; Yu Wu; Darwin Young; Michael W Ross;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  127     ISSN:  1468-2877     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    2012 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-01     Completed Date:  2012-05-03     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  186-94     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
AIDS Serodiagnosis
Asian Americans / psychology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
HIV Infections / diagnosis*,  ethnology*,  therapy
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Homosexuality, Male / ethnology*
Oceanic Ancestry Group / psychology*
Pacific Islands / ethnology
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Risk Factors
Sexual Behavior
United States / epidemiology
Young Adult
Grant Support

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