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

Article

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-testing men who have sex with men (MSM) internet risk perception fear 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jochen Mikolajczak
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harm J. Hospers
    • 1
  • Gerjo Kok
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Experimental Psychology,Faculty of PsychologyMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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