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Health care providers recommend routine HIV testing to individuals who are at risk of contracting the virus. However, misperceptions about HIV testing and risk remain a barrier to uptake in certain populations.
A recent study published in Medicine aimed to determine how age and ethnicity influence HIV testing. According to the findings, older adults and Hispanics are less likely to receive HIV testing, indicating an urgent need for improved interventions.
For the study, the researchers examined data on self-reported HIV risk and willingness to be tested. Using the 2014 Get Tested Coachella Valley Community Survey, the team collected data from nearly 1000 participants related to demographics, sexual history, HIV testing history, thoughts on who should get tested, and future preferences for HIV testing. Approximately 24% of adults living with HIV in Coachella Valley are 60 years or older.