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South Carolina: Study Examines Sexual and Social Network Correlates of Willingness to Self-Test for HIV Among Ever-Tested and Never-Tested Men

Dr. Donaldson Conserve, assistant professor of health promotion, education, and behavior in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has published another paper on the implications from his Tanzania STEP Project has published another paper on the implications from his Tanzania STEP Project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. This paper examined sexual and social network correlates of willingness to self-test for HIV among ever-test and never-tested men and was published in AIDS Care.

In this study, the researchers examined factors associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) self-testing willingness among male ever-testers and never-testers who participated in a midpoint survey of a cluster randomized controlled human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention trial in Dar es Salaam.

Dr. Conserve and his team used linear mixed binary logistic regression models to examine factors (demographic, HIV risk behavior, and sexual/social network) associated with willingness to self-test. They found that 67 percent of 301 never-testers were willing to self-test for HIV compared to 72 percent 577 of ever-testers.

Among never-testers, having discussed testing for HIV with a sexual partner was the only factor associated with HIV self-testing willingness. For ever-testers, younger men were less willing to self-test than older men while men with higher education were more willing to self-test than less educated men.

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