High-Risk HIV Minorities in the United States: Who Gets Tested and Where?
Abstract:Objectives: To assess characteristics of high-risk populations tested for HIV at particular testing sites. Methods: BRFSS data (N=20,633) was used to quantify rates of HIV testing and identify specific racial/ethnic testing locations. Results: Analysis determined associations existing among high-risk individuals based on demographics. Testing differences were identified in racial/ ethnic groups among those at high-risk in the United States. HIV testing was more likely among high-risk African Americans (OR=1.62), other races (OR=1.42), and multiracial participants (OR=1.89) than whites. Conclusions: Minorities were more likely to be tested at locations such as hospitals and clinics supporting the need for alternative testing locations.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Youngstown State University, Department of Health Professions, Youngstown, OH, USA. email@example.com 2: Associate Professor, Youngstown State University, Department of Health Professions, Youngstown, OH, USA 3: Professor, Youngstown State University, Department of Health Professions, Youngstown, OH, USA
Publication date: 2012-05-01
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