Perceptions of HIV testing venues among men who have sex with men in London and the Midlands, United Kingdom

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2018. Perceptions of HIV testing venues among men who have sex with men in London and the Midlands, United Kingdom. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 30 (4), pp. 336-355. ISSN 1053-8720

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Abstract

Undiagnosed HIV and late HIV diagnosis increase the risk of poor disease prognosis in infected individuals and of onward HIV transmission. It is vital to encourage regular HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM), a group disproportionately affected by HIV. A sample of 18 MSM from London and the East Midlands in England were interviewed regarding their perceptions of testing in the following three contexts: genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, community settings, and at home using a self-testing kit. The data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Perceived stigma from health care professionals, fear of being seen by significant others, and delays in being attended to were seen as barriers to testing in GUM clinics. While community settings were viewed as more accepting of sexual identity, concerns around homophobia and HIV stigma impeded access to testing for some individuals. HIV self-testing alleviated confidentiality concerns, but interviewees doubted the accuracy of the test results and worried about the lack of social support in the event of a reactive test result. Recommendations are offered for improving the acceptability of HIV testing in these contexts.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
Creators: Jaspal, R.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 30
Number: 4
ISSN: 1053-8720
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/10538720.2018.1516587DOI
1314091Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 Apr 2020 14:50
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2020 14:50
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39578

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