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AIDS Behav. 2012 Jan;16(1):23-9. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-9883-4.

'Never testing for HIV' among men who have sex with men recruited from a sexual networking website, United States.

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  • 1Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


HIV testing was assessed online among men accessing a sexual networking website for men who have sex with men. Most of the 8,040 participants reported HIV testing (58.2% ≤ 1 year; 33.1% > 1 year) and 17.1% were HIV-positive. Overall, 8.6% of men including 24% of those 18-24 years of age had never been tested. Among never testers, 25% did not know where to get tested. Predictors of never being tested included younger age (18-24), bisexual or heterosexual orientation, living outside of large metropolitan areas, and not having a healthcare provider. Increasing access to and knowledge of HIV testing sites is needed.

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