HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes and recent hiv testing among men who have sex with men in Beijing

Xuefeng Li, Hongyan Lu, Xiaoyan Ma, Yanming Sun, Xiong He, Chunmei Li, H. F. Raymond, Willi McFarland, Stephen W. Pan, Yiming Shao, Sten H. Vermund, Yan Xiao, Yuhua Ruan, Yujiang Jia

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Abstract

This study assessed the correlates of recent HIV testing and HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing, China. A cross-sectional study probed demographics, sexual and drug use behaviors, HIV testing, and prevention services. Of 500 participants, 39.3% recently received a test for HIV. Recent testing was independently associated with expressing lower levels of HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes, more male sex partners, no female sexual partners and knowing HIV status of their last male partner. Expressing lower levels of HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes was independently associated with recent testing, younger age, and knowing HIV status of their last male partner. This study revealed that HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes were common and inversely associated with recent HIV testing. Low levels of testing highlighted the urgent needs to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and expand HIV testing among MSM in Beijing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-507
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Stigma
  • Testing

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