AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 431–435

Reasons for Not Taking an HIV-Test Among Untested Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Internet Study

Authors

    • Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyMaastricht University
    • Department of Experimental Psychology,Faculty of Psychology
  • Harm J. Hospers
    • Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyMaastricht University
  • Gerjo Kok
    • Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyMaastricht University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-006-9068-8

Cite this article as:
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.

KEY WORDS:

HIV-testingmen who have sex with men (MSM)internetrisk perceptionfear

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006