Internalized homophobia and reduced HIV testing among men who have sex with men in china

Thomas Pyun, Glenn Milo Santos, Sonya Arreola, Tri Do, Pato Hebert, Jack Beck, Keletso Makofane, Patrick A. Wilson, George Ayala

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Abstract

Although previous research has examined barriers and facilitators of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China, few studies have focused on social factors, including homophobia and internalized homophobia. This study utilized data from a global online survey to determine correlates of HIV testing as part of a subanalysis focused on Chinese MSM. Controlling for age, HIV knowledge, number of sexual partners, and other covariates, ever having tested for HIV was significantly correlated with lower internalized homophobia. This study suggests that stigma associated with sexual orientation may serve as a barrier to participation in HIV testing and other health-promoting behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • global health
  • health care services
  • health education
  • health management
  • health promotion
  • men's health
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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