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Partner Communication and HIV Testing Among US Chinese College Students

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Objectives: To explore the role of partner communication and relationship status on HIV testing among Chinese/Chinese American college students in northern California.

Methods: We used a cross-sectional study design to conduct focus groups and an online or paper-pencil questionnaire (N 230).

Results: The majority (60) of respondents were in committed partnerships, with 21 in casual partnerships. Less than one third (30) of respondents had ever obtained an HIV test. History of HIV tested was associated with relationship status and partner communication.

Conclusions: Interventions to increase partner communication skills while taking into account sociocultural factors among this population and their partners are needed.
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Keywords: Chinese; HIV testing; college students; partner communication; relationship status

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Graduate Researcher, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, Rowland Heights, CA.

Publication date: 2010-05-01

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