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Examining HIV stigma and HIV testing behaviors of Asian & Pacific Islander young men who have sex with men: Data from nightclub venue based HIV testing in san francisco, CA

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ben Cabangun, RPT(AMT), Department of Health Services, API Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA
Judy Y. Tan, PhD, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Sean Arayasirikul, PhD Candidate, Center for Public Health Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Carmen Chen, B.S., Department of Health Promotion, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA
HIV-related data in Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) populations is scarce. A cross-sectional survey was conducted as part of an intake process at a community-based health care organization in the Tenderloin, San Francisco area targeting A&PI individuals. Elective mobile HIV testing services were provided inside of a van parked by nightlife venue entrances. Self-Administered socio-behavioral risk questionnaires were completed during the wait period for rapid test results. The survey assessed HIV, TB, and Hepatitis testing behavior and status; sexual partnerships; HIV stigma; homo-negativity; HIV information “burnout”; sexual communication self-efficacy; race-based sexual preferences; social network websites and apps usage; and sources of information for health. A sample of 370 participants was recruited consisting primarily of young A&PI gay men (Mage = 26.19, SD = 6.09). Over 50% of the sample was born in the U.S. While a quarter of participants reported an annual household income of less than $10K, about a third of the sample reported an income over $50K; sixteen percent of the sample reported being unemployed. HIV positivity rate was 2% (n = 6). Initial and routine HIV testing behavior was negatively correlated with higher levels of perceived HIV stigma. Additionally, those who were not tested in the last six months scored significantly higher on HIV information “burnout” than those who had received HIV testing in the past [F(1,306)=6.56, p=.01]. Current findings offer important insights into MSM of color populations using mobile testing methods. Future research should focus on utilizing mobile health clinics as points of health service delivery.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the relationship between HIV stigma and HIV testing among Asian & Pacific Islander young men who have sex with men in nightlife social venue based settings.

Keyword(s): Asian and Pacific Islander, Youth

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the specialist on the team that has been implementing community, group, and individual level HIV and Hepatitis prevention intervention strategies among AANHPI communities for over 4 years.
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.

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