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J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Aug;57 Suppl 3:S153-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31821e9c10.

Reliability of self-report of HIV status among men who have sex with men in Brazil.

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Universidade Federal do Ceará, Saúde Comunitária, Fortaleza, Brazil.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of self-reported HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Brazil.

METHODS:

MSM 18 years of age or older were recruited to a multicenter study using respondent-driven sampling. We compared self-report of the HIV test with a rapid HIV test using the kappa coefficient.

RESULTS:

A total of 3859 MSM were recruited, and 39% reported ever having an HIV test; their results were reported and they agreed to a new test. Agreement between self-report and the test was very good (kappa = 0.88).

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that self-report of HIV infection is a reliable indicator among MSM.

PMID:
21857311
DOI:
10.1097/QAI.0b013e31821e9c10
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