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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Identifying Barriers to HIV Testing Among MSM

Through the course of the AIDS epidemic, men who have sex with men (MSM) have been one of the groups at utmost risk for HIV-infection in developed nations. Overall, HIV incidence rates have remained relatively stable throughout the past five years; however, among MSM, particularly young MSM, incidence has increased. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that MSM account for 2% of the male population and 61% of HIV cases diagnosed in 2010. Treatment as prevention (TASP) has been noted as a major part of the solution to ending the HIV epidemic, which is why this research is so essential. The following research explores barriers to HIV testing within the MSM community. Research has suggested that the top barriers are fear of a positive test result and low perceived risk for HIV infection. The present study reports on findings from a survey that was distributed among MSM in Buffalo and Rochester, New York.

Presenter: Charles Ferrusi (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 11:05 am (Session II)
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