Latinos represented 18% of the 42,655 new HIV diagnoses in 2007, and Latino males account for 76% of these diagnoses. The most common exposure category was men who have sex with men (MSM). Research suggests that MSM who have low levels of religiosity and internalized homonegativity (IH) were more likely to have developed healthy coping mechanisms that could aid HIV prevention. Studies suggest that MSM who know their status are more likely to practice safer-sex. This study aims to explore the relationship between religiosity, IH, and HIV testing intent. A self-report survey was administered to a convenience sample at gay clubs in Los Angeles County. Results from bivariate analyses revealed significant associations for HIV testing intent and IH (phi = .19, p = .05), and the religious hope subscale (phi = .19, p = .05). The impact of IH and religiosity is important to consider for HIV testing awareness.
|Advisor:||Washington, Thomas Alex|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Social work, GLBT Studies, Public health, Hispanic American studies|
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