265969 HIV Testing and HCV Screening and its Socio-Demographic Correlates among Asians living in the San Francisco Bay Area

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Daniel Toleran, MS , Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, San Francisco, CA
Bettina Friese, PhD , Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA
Robynn Battle, MPH, EdD , Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA
Phu Tran, MPH , Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, San Francisco, CA
John Lam, BA , Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, San Francisco, CA
Ben Cabangun, MA , Department of Health Education, API Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA
Phillip Gardiner, DrPH , Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, UC Office of the President, Oakland, CA
Background: A paucity of prevention research data on Asians in the United States exist. Among researchers the usual practice is to report the group as an aggregate, hence masking risk taking and other behaviors. Project 333 was created to address the often co-morbid conditions of Hepatitis C and HIV among high risk adult Chinese, Filipino and Vietnamese males living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Methods: Data was gathered through a survey adapted from the California Office of AIDS's HIV and Hepatitis C Counseling Information Form, to describe distinct risk behaviors (substance use practices, HIV and Hepatitis testing practices, sexual behaviors and sexual behaviors under the influence of substances). Survey administration was completed through one-on-one interviews by trained and certified bi-lingual and bi-cultural Counselors.

Results: Survey results showed (n=273), significant difference found between aforementioned ethnic groups on various behavioral measures: the number of sexual partners (p=.007); lifetime HIV testing (p=.002); primarily English speakers at home were more likely to be tested (p<.008), and ethnic differences were found in the number of partners which is positively related to getting tested for HCV (p < .047).

Conclusions: This study suggests socio-demographic indicators for testing among participants at high risk for HIV and HCV infection; and a concerted effort to encourage learning about their HIV and HCV status was needed. Outreach, education, culturally sensitive and linguistically specific prevention and testing services are essential in order to decrease the incidence and prevalence of disease, and to improve testing rates.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
To identify unique risk behaviors among 3 Asian sub-populations. To define specific socio-demographic correlates related to HIV testing and HCV screening behaviors. To provide needed components to improve HIV testing and HCV screening among high risk Asian men and women.

Keywords: Community Health Programs, Asian Americans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Project Director for the Program which generated the data to be discussed.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.