Thought processes associated with reluctance in gay men to be tested for HIV

Gold, R.S. and Karantzas, G. 2008, Thought processes associated with reluctance in gay men to be tested for HIV, International journal of STD & AIDS, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 775-779, doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008228.

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Title Thought processes associated with reluctance in gay men to be tested for HIV
Author(s) Gold, R.S.
Karantzas, G.ORCID iD for Karantzas, G. orcid.org/0000-0002-1503-2991
Journal name International journal of STD & AIDS
Volume number 19
Issue number 11
Start page 775
End page 779
Total pages 5
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0956-4624
1758-1052
Keyword(s) non-testing for HIV
gay men
thought processes
Summary This study explored the thought processes that are associated with reluctance in gay men to be tested for HIV antibodies. The sample comprised 97 men who had not been tested for at least four years; 69 had never been tested. They were asked to imagine that someone had suggested that they be tested very soon and to identify, from the list provided, any negative thoughts prompted by this suggestion. The most commonly reported thoughts were that testing was unnecessary because risks had not been taken, that it was unnecessary because there were no symptoms, and that there was no urgency to be tested. Data were explored by means of factor analysis and comparisons across subgroups differing in risk level. The results are interpreted as indicating the use of rationalizations to buttress a decision not to be tested, the powerful influence on HIV decision-making exerted by salient perceptible features, and the ‘status quo bias’. Techniques that could be used to encourage testing in gay men are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008228
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017422

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