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HIV testing among social media-using Peruvian men who have sex with men: correlates and social context

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dc.contributor.author Krueger, Evan-A.
dc.contributor.author Chiu, ChingChe-J.
dc.contributor.author Menacho, Luis-A.
dc.contributor.author Young, Sean-D.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-06T14:45:36Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-06T14:45:36Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/5094
dc.description.abstract HIV remains concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Peru, and homophobia and AIDS-related stigmas have kept the epidemic difficult to address. Gay self-identity has been associated with increased HIV testing, though this relationship has not been examined extensively. Social media use has been rapidly increasing in Peru, yet little is known about MSM social media users in Peru. This study sought to investigate the demographic, behavioral, and stigma-related factors associated with HIV testing among social media-using Peruvian MSM. Five hundred and fifty-six MSM from Lima and surrounding areas were recruited from social networking websites to complete a survey on their sexual risk behaviors. We examined the demographic and social correlates of HIV testing behavior among this sample. Younger age and non-gay identity were significantly associated with lower likelihood of getting tested in univariate analysis. After controlling for key behaviors and AIDS-related stigma, younger age remained significantly associated with decreased testing. Participants who engaged in discussions online about HIV testing were more likely to get tested, while AIDS-related stigma presented a significant barrier to testing. Stigma severity also varied significantly by sexual identity. Youth appear to be significantly less likely than older individuals to test for HIV. Among Peruvian MSM, AIDS-related stigma remains a strong predictor of willingness to get tested. Social media-based intervention work targeting Peruvian youth should encourage discussion around HIV testing, and must also address AIDS-related stigma. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:1360-0451
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject behavior intervention en_US
dc.subject HIV prevention en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Homosexuality, Male en_US
dc.subject online social networks en_US
dc.subject Patient Acceptance of Health Care en_US
dc.subject Peru en_US
dc.subject Social Media en_US
dc.subject Social Stigma en_US
dc.subject stigma reduction en_US
dc.subject Adult en_US
dc.subject Age Factors en_US
dc.subject HIV Infections/diagnosis en_US
dc.subject Humans en_US
dc.subject Male en_US
dc.subject Middle Aged en_US
dc.subject Peru en_US
dc.subject Risk-Taking en_US
dc.subject Social Networking en_US
dc.subject Surveys and Questionnaires en_US
dc.subject Unsafe Sex en_US
dc.subject Young Adult en_US
dc.title HIV testing among social media-using Peruvian men who have sex with men: correlates and social context en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2016.1178699
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.00 es_PE
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.03.08
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.03.12


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