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Which Chinese men who have sex with men miss out on HIV testing?

Wei, C and Ruan, S and Zhao, J and Yang, H and Zhu, Y and Raymond, HF (2011) Which Chinese men who have sex with men miss out on HIV testing? Sexually Transmitted Infections, 87 (3). 225 - 228. ISSN 1368-4973

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Objectives: To describe socio-demographic, behavioural and other characteristics associated with HIV testing behaviour among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Jinan, China. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among MSM (N=500) in Jinan in 2008 using respondent-driven sampling - a method used worldwide to reach hidden high-risk populations. Bivariate and multivariate analyses, adjusted for the sampling method, were conducted to identify correlates of not having an HIV test. Results: Overall, 80.7% (95% CI 75.0% to 85.0%) of MSM in Jinan have not had an HIV test in the past 12 months. In the multivariate analyses, having not visited the local Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website (AOR 5.59, 95% CI 2.62 to 11.95), being over the age of 35 years (AOR 3.77, 95% CI 1.19 to 11.93) and self-identified as bisexual or unsure (AOR 3.85, 95% CI 2.16 to 6.85) are significantly associated with having not had an HIV test. In addition, married men are slightly less likely to have not been tested compared to single men (AOR 0.38, 95% CI 0.17 to 0.85). Those who report meeting their sex partners at high-risk venues are two times more likely to have not had an HIV test (AOR 2.02, 95% CI 0.97 to 4.21). Conclusions: Targeted, culturally appropriate and innovative interventions to increase HIV testing uptake should be a top priority for HIV prevention among MSM in China.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wei, C
Ruan, S
Zhao, J
Yang, H
Zhu, Y
Raymond, HF
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 April 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Volume: 87
Number: 3
Page Range: 225 - 228
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1136/sti.2010.047407
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1368-4973
MeSH Headings: Adult; China; Condoms--utilization; Cross-Sectional Studies; HIV Infections--diagnosis; Homosexuality, Male--statistics & numerical data; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Acceptance of Health Care--statistics & numerical data; Sexual Partners; Socioeconomic Factors; Young Adult
PubMed ID: 21270068
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 21:40
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2019 13:55


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