Young incarcerated men's perceptions of and experiences with HIV testing

Deborah Kacanek, Gloria D. Eldridge, Jill Nealey-Moore, Robin J. MacGowan, Diane Binson, Timothy P. Flanigan, Christine C. Fitzgerald, James M. Sosman, Kathleen Morrow, Timothy Flanigan, Christine Fitzgerald, Ricky Lugo, Daniel Strother, Raymond Niaura, Nassar Khan, Art Joncgo, Barry Zack, Ricardo Bracho, Chauncey Johnson, Ellen SilberKatie Kramer, Juarlyn Gaiter, Richard J. Wolitski, Andrew Margolis, Lisa Belcher, Julie Lifshay, Mary McFarlane, Ann O'Leary, John Askew, James Fitterling, James Sturges, Marty Fortenberry, Joseph Griebler, Stephen Kennedy, Scott McGregor, Jerry Vardaman, David Seal, Timothy McAuliffe, Barbara Reed, Rodney Simms, Ricardo Reed, Dave Rompa, Gloria Eldridge, Olga Grinstead, Bonnie Faigeles, William Woods, Berlena Gullett, James Sosman

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Abstract

We analyzed incarcerated men's perceptions of and experiences with HIV testing. Interviews were conducted with 105 men, aged 18 to 29 years, in 4 states. Most men had received an HIV test while incarcerated because it was convenient or free or because they thought it was mandatory. At most sites, men believed they were HIV-negative because they never received test results. Some men did not know the diseases for which they had been tested. Some men avoided HIV testing outside prison because they lacked time, lacked resources, feared knowing the results, or perceived themselves to not be at risk. HIV testing programs for young men inside or outside prison should address barriers to HIV testing, communicate the meaning and extent of testing, and improve notification of those with HIV-negative results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1209-1215
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume97
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 7 2007

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Kacanek, D., Eldridge, G. D., Nealey-Moore, J., MacGowan, R. J., Binson, D., Flanigan, T. P., Fitzgerald, C. C., Sosman, J. M., Morrow, K., Flanigan, T., Fitzgerald, C., Lugo, R., Strother, D., Niaura, R., Khan, N., Joncgo, A., Zack, B., Bracho, R., Johnson, C., ... Sosman, J. (2007). Young incarcerated men's perceptions of and experiences with HIV testing. American journal of public health, 97(7), 1209-1215. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2006.085886