Reasons for Not Taking an HIV-Test Among Untested Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Internet Study
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- Mikolajczak, J., Hospers, H.J. & Kok, G. AIDS Behav (2006) 10: 431. doi:10.1007/s10461-006-9068-8
The present paper focuses on reasons for not taking an HIV-test among untested men who have sex with men (MSM). From an MSM web-based survey, 1627 MSM who had never tested for HIV were selected for the reported analyses. Results show that fear of a positive test result and the perceived consequences thereof, are reported as the most important reasons for not taking an HIV-test among at-risk respondents. The most important reasons for not taking an HIV-test among no-risk respondents are related to perception of low risk for HIV-infection. Implications for future interventions to promote HIV-testing are discussed.