HIV voluntary testing among Portuguese women attending family planning clinics: implications for HIV prevention education and testing

Eleonora C. V. Costa*, Rosa Oliveira, M. Graça Pereira

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this article is to analyze the factors associated with HIV testing among 767 sexually active women. Methods: Participants were administered several self-report questionnaires that assessed behavioral and psychosocial measures. Results: Overall, 59.8% of the participants reported ever having tested for HIV. Results show that higher levels of education, being pregnant or having been pregnant, concern about AIDS, AIDS knowledge, self-efficacy in condom negotiation and perception of no risk in partner significantly predicted the likelihood of testing among women. Attending the mass was negatively associated with HIV testing. Conclusions: These findings provide information that can be used in the development of a focused gender sensitive HIV prevention program to increase HIV testing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • HIV testing
  • Sexual attitudes and behaviors
  • Women

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