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Patterns of HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing among men who have sex with men couples in the United States.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23060078     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Most men who have sex with men (MSM) within the United States acquire human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while in a same-sex relationship. Few studies have examined HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing rates among MSM couples. Interestingly, the patterns that MSM test for HIV while in their relationships remain largely unknown. The current study helps fill this gap in knowledge by assessing HIV testing patterns and HIV and STI testing rates from a large convenience sample of Internet-using MSM couples.
METHODS: The current study used a cross-sectional study design to collect dyadic data from 361 MSM couples who lived throughout the United States. A novel recruitment strategy that included placing paid targeted advertisements on Facebook enrolled both men in the couple to independently complete the confidential electronic survey.
RESULTS: Nearly half of the HIV-negative men indicated either not having been tested for HIV since their relationship started or only testing if they believed they were at risk. Few men reported testing every 3 to 4 months. HIV/STI testing rates varied among the sample of couples. Few men reported having been diagnosed with a recent STI. Testing patterns and rates were mostly similar, irrespective of whether unprotected anal intercourse was practiced within and/or outside the relationship.
CONCLUSIONS: HIV testing and prevention services must target men who are at risk for acquiring HIV within MSM couples. To help accomplish this goal, additional research is needed to examine the specific barriers and facilitators to HIV and STI testing among MSM in couples.
Jason W Mitchell; Andrew E Petroll
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted diseases     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1537-4521     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Dis     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  2013-02-14     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705941     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  871-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 48109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chlamydia Infections / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Characteristics
Gonorrhea / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
HIV Seropositivity / epidemiology*,  transmission
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Homosexuality, Male* / statistics & numerical data
Mass Screening
Papillomavirus Infections / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
Sexual Partners*
Syphilis / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
United States / epidemiology
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