ERIC Number: EJ973965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
HIV Testing in Recent College Students: Prevalence and Correlates
Caldeira, Kimberly M.; Singer, Barbara J.; O'Grady, Kevin E.; Vincent, Kathryn B.; Arria, Amelia M.
AIDS Education and Prevention, v24 n4 p363-376 Aug 2012
Prevalence and correlates of HIV testing were examined in a sample of 957 unmarried recent college students in the United States. Participants were asked about HIV testing, past-six-months sexual activities, lifetime treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), past-year health service utilization, and DSM-IV criteria for alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependence during the 2008-2009 academic year. Two in five (41.9%[subscript wt]) were ever tested for HIV. Holding constant demographics, HIV testing was positively related to AOD dependence, frequency of unprotected sex, number of sex partners, having a physical exam by a medical professional, number of visits to a health provider for physical health problems, and lifetime STI treatment. Women were more likely than men to be tested for HIV despite similar levels of risky sex. Results demonstrate the feasibility of achieving high HIV testing rates in a college population.
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), College Students, Incidence, Correlation, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Health Services, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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