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The acceptability of oral fluid testing for HIV antibodies. A pilot study in gay bars in a predominantly rural state.
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PMID:  9564724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: One barrier for individuals desiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody testing has been the lack of alternatives to blood HIV testing. Oral fluid HIV testing provides another testing option. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the acceptability of oral fluid testing for HIV antibodies in a gay bar outreach setting. STUDY DESIGN: This pilot study was conducted using the HIV Risk Behavior Survey (HRBS) and OraSure acceptability survey in gay bars in Columbia, South Carolina during July and August, 1997. RESULTS: Of the 118 HRBS participants, 54% agreed to take the oral fluid test with 6% testing positive. A majority (91%) of participants felt comfortable with the oral HIV antibody testing in gay bars. Also, 21.8% of individuals in the OraSure study were tested for the first time. CONCLUSION: This study indicates that oral fluid testing for HIV antibodies in an outreach setting is acceptable and effective in reaching individuals who do not usually access traditional testing sites.
F S Sy; S D Rhodes; S T Choi; D Drociuk; A A Laurent; R M Naccash; L D Kettinger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted diseases     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0148-5717     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Dis     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-29     Completed Date:  1998-05-29     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705941     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-5     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
University of South Carolina School of Public Health, Columbia 29208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
AIDS Serodiagnosis / methods*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
HIV Antibodies / analysis*
Health Services Accessibility
Homosexuality, Male
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Pilot Projects
Rural Population
Saliva / immunology*
Sexual Behavior
Reg. No./Substance:
0/HIV Antibodies

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