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Health Care and HIV Testing Experiences among Black Men in the South: Implications for "Seek, Test, Treat and Retain" HIV Prevention Strategies
AIDS Patient Care and STDs (2013)
  • Rupali K Doshi
  • David J Malebranche, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lisa Bowleg, Drexel University
  • Thurka Sangaramoorthy, University of Maryland
Abstract

Few studies have explored how overall general health care and HIV/STI testing experiences may influence receipt of ‘‘Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain’’ (STTR) HIV prevention approaches among Black men in the southern United States. Using in-depth qualitative interviews with 78 HIV-negative/unknown Black men in Georgia, we explored factors influencing their general health care and HIV/STI testing experiences. The Andersen behavioral model of health care utilization (Andersen model) offers a useful framework through which to examine the general health care experiences and HIV testing practices of Black men. It has four primary domains: Environment, Population characteristics, Health behavior, and Outcomes. Within the Andersen model framework, participants described four main themes that influenced HIV testing: access to insurance, patient–provider communication, quality of services, and personal belief systems. If STTR is to be successful among Black men, improving access and quality of general health care, integrating HIV testing into general health care, promoting health empowerment, and consumer satisfaction should be addressed.

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2013
Citation Information
Rupali K Doshi, David J Malebranche, Lisa Bowleg and Thurka Sangaramoorthy. "Health Care and HIV Testing Experiences among Black Men in the South: Implications for "Seek, Test, Treat and Retain" HIV Prevention Strategies" AIDS Patient Care and STDs Vol. 27 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thurka_sangaramoorthy/1/