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Despite significant progress made in reducing HIV diagnoses, many populations are still disproportionately affected. Although African American college students tend to engage in safer sex practices than their peers, they are still at an elevated risk for contracting HIV. Therefore, it is important that HIV prevention programs understand the unique needs and risk factors among African American college students. HIV testing is an essential component of HIV prevention. This study examined the relationship between HIV testing and demographic and behavioral factors among African American college students from two universities. The study found that older students (upperclassmen) are significantly more likely to have had HIV testing than younger students. Sexual risk factors associated with HIV testing included being sexually active in the past 90 days, having had a previous STI, and substance usage. The results of the study indicate some trends in HIV testing history among African American college students. Prevention efforts should focus on younger populations and students exhibiting certain risk behaviors.
Gonder-Strutz, E. (2019). Who is Testing? Demographic and Sexual Risk Factors Associated with HIV Testing Among African American College Students. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Additional FilesGonder PPT 5-31-19.pdf (2740 kB)