Predictors of HIV testing among Latinos in Baltimore City

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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

To better understand access to HIV testing and prevention services experienced by Latinos, we evaluated data compiled through Baltimore City Health Department HIV outreach efforts in 2008. Of 6,443 clients served, Latinos were more likely male, young, and less-educated than non-Latinos. A greater proportion of Latinos had never been tested for HIV compared to non-Latinos (63% vs. 20%, P < 0.001). Male gender (AOR 1.58, 95% CI 1.04, 2.44), >8th grade education (AOR 2.4, 95% CI 1.60, 3.60) were associated with accessing HIV testing in the past. Increasing age, identifying as gay or bisexual, history of sexually-transmitted disease, and injection drug use were also associated with reporting prior HIV testing. HIV prevention services for Latinos should expand to reach those who are younger, heterosexual, of lower educational level, and female.

Chen N, Erbelding EJ, Yeh J, Page KR. Predictors of HIV testing among Latinos in Baltimore City. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Dec;12(6):867-74. doi: 10.1007/s10903-009-9297-9.&#13;&#13;

  • Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns University, Baltimore, MD

  • Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD