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AIDS 2012 Daily Digest: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Science

July 24, 2012

This digest summarizes the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention science presented on Tuesday, July 24.

Lead Author: K.Russell

Summary: The authors described testing behaviors of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and evaluated those behaviors based on the location of birth (U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central American, South America, and Caribbean) using NHBS data from 2008. Interviews for 1,734 Latino men who reported ≥1 male sex partner in the past 12 months were analyzed for factors associated with prevalence of recent HIV testing (within the last 12 months) and proportion unaware of their infection. One thousand five hundred forty nine (1,549) of the participants had not previously received and HIV diagnosis. Recent HIV testing was associated with lower age, having visited a health care provider in the past 12 months and disclosing same sex sexual behavior. HIV testing was more common among U.S.-born Latinos than those born in Central America (65% vs. 55%, p=.04), while other locations of birth were not associated with testing. Among the 322 HIV-positive Latino MSM identified, 43% were unaware of their infection. Authors conclude that expanding healthcare access and encouraging communication about sexual behavior would increase testing among Latino MSM.

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