“know your status”: Results from a novel, student-run hiv testing initiative on college campuses

Caitlin Milligan, C. Nicholas Cuneo, Sarah E. Rutstein, Charles Hicks

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Abstract

Know Your Status (KYS), a novel, student-run program offered free HIV-testing at a private university (PU) and community college (CC). Following completion of surveys of risk behaviors/reasons for seeking resting, students were provided with rapid, oral HIV-testing. We investigated testing history, risk behaviors, and HIV prevalence among students tested during the first three years of KYS. In total, 1408 tests were conducted, 5 were positive: 4/408 CC, 1/1000 PU (1% vs, 0.1%, p = 0.01). Three positives were new diagnoses, all black men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). Over 50% of students were tested for the first time and 59% reported risk behaviors. CC students were less likely to have used condoms at last sex (a surrogate for risk behavior) compared to PU (OR 0.73, CI |0.54, 0.98|). Race, sexual identity, and sex were not associated with condom use, These results demonstrate that KYS successfully recruited large numbers of previously untested, at-risk students, highlighting the feasibility and importance of testing college populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-327
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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