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Am J Public Health. 2006 Jun;96(6):1031-4. Epub 2006 May 2.

HIV testing among young adults in the United States: associations with financial resources and geography.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology, CB#7435, 2105F McGavran-Greenberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435, USA.


We estimated prevalence and odds ratios for self-reported HIV testing among sexually experienced young adults using nationally representative data obtained from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The prevalence of testing in the past year was 18.8%. Young adults who had private or no health insurance were less likely to report testing than were young adults who had public health insurance, particularly in the South. Respondents with functional income were less likely to report testing than were those without functional income, particularly in the South and Northeast. Variable HIV testing based on finances and insurance should be addressed.

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