An assessment of HIV testing in Tanzania to inform future strategies and interventions

Michelle Kaufman, Meredith Massey, Samantha W. Tsang, Benjamin Kamala, Elizabeth Serlemitsos, Emily Lyles, Xiangrong Kong

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Abstract

This study identified characteristics of Tanzanians who have never tested for HIV in order to inform localized interventions to increase HIV testing coverage and uptake. A total of 3257 randomly selected participants aged 18-49 years were surveyed in 16 Mainland regions. Those surveyed were asked about demographics, HIV risk perception, HIV testing behavior, knowledge of both their own and partner's HIV status, and if they were tested with their partner. Approximately 22% of women and 46% of men reported never testing for HIV, with those who are younger (18-24 years), single/never married, living in rural areas, less educated, and having multiple sexual partners in the past year less likely to have tested. The gender differences in HIV testing behavior identified are supported by existing research. No association was found in either gender between HIV risk perception and testing, however, those least likely to test were those with multiple sex partners. These findings can help better target localized interventions focused on younger, single people, and those with multiple sex partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Africa
  • HIV testing
  • Tanzania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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