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Factors associated with HIV testing among black Africans in Britain

Burns, F; Fenton, KA; Morison, L; Mercer, C; Erens, B; Field, J; Copas, AJ; ... Johnson, AM; + view all (2005) Factors associated with HIV testing among black Africans in Britain. SEX TRANSM INFECT , 81 (6) 494 - 500. 10.1136/sti.2004.013755. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the factors associated with HIV testing among heterosexual black Africans aged 16 - 44 years living in Britain.Design: We analysed data from the second British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal 2000) - a stratified national probability sample survey conducted between 1999 - 2001. Data from Natsal's main and ethnic minority boost (EMB) samples were analysed. Multivariate analysis was performed using complex survey functions to account for the clustered, stratified, and differential selection probabilities inherent within the survey.Results: A total of 385 ( 216 women and 169 men) black African respondents were included in the study. 44.0% women and 36.4% men reported ever having had an HIV test. In univariate analysis, HIV testing was associated with being born abroad ( OR 3.63), having a new partner(s) from abroad in past 5 years ( OR 2.88), and attending a GUM clinic ( OR 3.27) among men; and educational attainment ( OR 3.50), perception of "not very much'' personal risk of HIV ( OR 2.75), and attending a GUM clinic ( OR 2.91) among women. After adjusting for potential confounders, an increased likelihood of HIV testing was associated with being in the United Kingdom less than 5 years relative to being UK born ( adjusted OR 9.49), and ever attending a GUM clinic (adj OR 5.53), for men; and educational attainment ( adj OR 4.13), and low perception of HIV risk ( adj OR 2.77) for women.Conclusions: Black Africans appear to have relatively high rates of HIV testing reflecting, at least partially, awareness of risk behaviours and potential exposure to HIV. Nevertheless, there remains substantial potential for health gain and innovative approaches are required to further increase timely HIV testing.

Type: Article
Title: Factors associated with HIV testing among black Africans in Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/sti.2004.013755
Publisher version: http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/16326854
Keywords: SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR, RISK, LONDON, TRANSMISSION
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1669
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