Journal article

HIV testing self-efficacy is associated with higher HIV testing frequency and perceived likelihood to self-test among gay and bisexual men

Muhammad S Jamil, Rebecca J Guy, Benjamin R Bavinton, Christopher K Fairley, Andrew E Grulich, Martin Holt, Kirsty S Smith, Marcus Chen, Anna M Mcnulty, Damian P Conway, Phillip Keen, Jack Bradley, Darren Russell, John M Kaldor, Garrett Prestage

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017

Abstract

Background Regular testing of individuals at higher-risk of HIV is central to current prevention strategies. The aim of the present study was to examine the extent to which confidence in one's perceived ability to undertake various aspects of HIV testing and self-testing (self-efficacy) affected HIV testing outcomes. We assessed factors, including self-efficacy, associated with HIV testing frequency and the likelihood to self-test among gay and bisexual men (GBM). METHODS: Participants were HIV-negative GBM at an increased risk of HIV (more than five partners or condomless anal intercourse in the previous 3 months) enrolled in a randomised controlled trial of HIV self-testing. The baseline q..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The FORTH study is funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant (ID 568971). Self-test kits were purchased by investigators from OraSure Technologies (Bethlehem, PA, USA) at a reduced cost. The Kirby Institute and the Centre for Social Research in Health receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. The authors thank all FORTH study participants and the recruitment staff at the study sites.