Knowing is not enough: a qualitative report on HIV testing among heterosexual African-American men

Keosha T. Bond, Victoria Frye, Raekiela Taylor, Kim Williams, Sebastian Bonner, Debbie Lucy, Malik Cupid, Linda Weiss, Beryl A. Koblin
2014 AIDS Care  
Despite having higher rates of HIV testing than all other racial groups, African-Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic in the United States. Knowing one's status is the key step to maintaining behavioral changes that could stop the spread of the virus, yet little is known about the individual-and socio-structural-level barriers associated with HIV testing and communication among heterosexual African-American men. To address this and inform the development of
more » ... HIV prevention behavioral intervention for heterosexual African-American men, we conducted computerized, structured interviews with 61 men, focus group interviews with 25 men in 5 different groups, and in-depth qualitative interviews with 30 men living in high HIV prevalence neighborhoods in New York City. Results revealed that HIV testing was frequent among the participants. Even with high rates of testing, the men in the study had low
doi:10.1080/09540121.2014.963009 pmid:25298014 pmcid:PMC4353668 fatcat:dpkiv7twcjgvddafe4lkcemgli