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HIV Testing Among Populations at Risk for HIV Infection -- Nine States, November 1995 - December 1996

Table 1

December 25, 1998

TABLE 1. Percentage of untested respondents reporting factors* for not testing for HIV, and percentage of tested respondents reporting factors* for delaying testing, by HIV risk factor -- HIV Testing Survey,+ December 1995-November 1996

  Men who have sex with men Heterosexual Injecting-drug user Total&
Testing status/Factor A factor Main factor A factor Main factor A factor Main factor A factor Main factor
Not testing@ (n=151) (n=269) (n=136) (n=556)
Afraid to find out 59 27 41 21 51 30 48 25
Unlikely to have been exposed 52 17 48 25 25 7 44 18
Thought they were HIV negative 57 19 49 15 33 6 47 13
Didn't want to think about being positive 55 7 42 8 54 10 48 8
Could do little if HIV positive 45 9 19 3 40 7 31 6
Didn't have time 14 3 20 4 20 5 19 4
Unsure where to go 15 2 21 4 32 6 22 4
Worried name would be reported 28 4 13 1 18 1 19 2
Test costs too much 5 2 5 <1 17      
People might think you have AIDS 27 1 10 <1        
Delaying testing** (n=596) (n=582) (n=632) (n=1810)
Afraid to find out 53 26 38 18 47 24 46 23
Thought they were HIV negative 41 10 45 13 36 9 41 11
Unlikely to have been exposed 29 9 34 14 25 6 29 10
Didn't want to think about being positive 49 8 42 8 49 10 47 9
Didn't have time 16 5 16 6 18 5 17 5
Could do little if HIV positive 22 2 18 3 31 6 24 4
Waiting for results would be hard 38 7 22 3 28 3 30 4
Afraid of needle used to draw blood 15 4 16 4 7 <1    
Worried name would be reported 22 4 11 <1        
Worried about who would learn results 25 3 15 1 19 1 20 2

* Data presented for the 10 most frequently cited factors of 17 listed in the survey.

+ Survey was conducted in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas.

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& -- The totals are based on unweighted data from all participants included in this analysis; data do not represent the general population or a weighted average of populations at increased risk for HIV infection.

@ -- Main factors do not sum to 100% because 10 of 17 factors are presented and 62 (11%) of 556 untested respondents cited no factors for not testing.

** Main factors do not sum to 100% because 10 of 17 factors are presented and 374 (21%) of 1810 tested respondents cited no factors for delaying testing.




  
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