HIV testing practices and the potential role of HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men in Mexico
Oldenburg et al.
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Key population: Men who have sex with men
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UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
0.2 [0.2 - 0.3]
The objective of this study was to characterize HIV testing practices among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Mexico and intention to use HIV self-testing. In 2012, members of one of the largest social/sexual networking websites forMSM in Latin America completed an anonymous online survey. This analysis was restricted to HIV-uninfected MSM residing in Mexico. Multivariable logistic regression models were fit to assess factors associated with HIV testing and intention to use an HIV self-test.
Summary of findings
Of 4537 respondents, 70.9% reported ever having an HIV test, of whom 75.5% reported testing at least yearly. The majority (94.3%) indicated that they would use an HIV home self-test if it were available. Participants identifying as bisexual less often reported ever HIV testing compared to those identifying as gay/homosexual (adjusted odds ratio=0.52, 95% confidence interval: 0.44-0.62). Having a physical exam in the past year was associated with increased ever HIV testing (adjusted odds ratio=4.35, 95% confidence interval 3.73-5.07), but associated with decreased interest in HIV self-testing (adjusted odds ratio=0.66, 95% confidence interval 0.48-0.89).
The majority (94.3%) indicated that they would use an HIV home self-test if it were available.
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