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AIDS Care. 2018 Mar;30(3):289-295. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1371666. Epub 2017 Aug 31.

Factors associated with intention to be tested for HIV among men who have sex with men in a country with a very low HIV prevalence.

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a Institute of Endemic Diseases , Medical Research Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine , Seoul , South Korea.
b Division of Infectious Diseases , Seoul Metropolitan Government - Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center , Seoul , South Korea.
c Division of Life and Health , Seoul Metropolitan Government , Seoul , South Korea.
d Department of Epidemiology , Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health , Seoul , South Korea.
e Department of Internal Medicine , Seoul National University College of Medicine , Seoul , South Korea.
f Department of Family Medicine , Seoul National University College of Medicine , Seoul , South Korea.


This study examined factors associated with the intention to take an HIV test among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Korea. An internet website-based survey was conducted among users of the only and largest online MSM website between 20 July 2016, and 20 August 2016. A total of 2915 participants completed the survey and answered questions related to sociodemographic information, health behaviors, sexual behaviors, and HIV testing history. Of these, 2587 (88.7%) participants responded as having an intention to take an HIV test. A multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed the following as having reduced the intention to undergo HIV testing: very good subjective health status and no sexual interactions during the last 6 months (Adjusted odds ratios [AOR] 0.45 and 0.54, respectively). In contrast, increased intention to take an HIV test was associated with being 20-29 years old, 30-39 years old, not paying or receiving money for sex, having a history of HIV testing, and taking an HIV test once per 12 months (AOR 2.64, 2.13, 1.54, 1.81, and 2.17, respectively). In conclusion, HIV testing among MSM in this study was associated with age, subjective health status, sex(es) of one's sexual partner(s) during the last 6 months, sexual risk behaviors, HIV testing history, and undergoing regular HIV testing.


Epidemiology; HIV screening test; MSM; Online survey

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