Utilization of HIV Prevention Services Across Racial/Ethnic Groups Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in San Francisco, California, 2008.

Published: May 28, 2013


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in the US is disproportionally higher among Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), compared to other racial/ethnic groups. The 2008 US National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) survey of MSM was analyzed to compare utilization of HIV testing, receiving condoms, and individual and group HIV prevention programs among racial/ethnic groups in San Francisco, CA. Using a weighted analysis of the time-location sampling method, racial/ethnic subpopulation estimates were obtained for utilization of these services in the prior 12 months. There was no significant difference in utilization of HIV prevention services among Black (N=37), Latino (N=128), and White (N=275) MSM in San Francisco, CA. Overall 60-70 % of MSM reported their last HIV test within the past 12 months and more than 75 % reported receiving condoms in the last 12 months. However, less than 15 % of MSM reported utilizing individual or group HIV prevention counseling sessions. The NHBS survey demonstrate that the majority of MSM in San Francisco, CA have utilized one or more HIV prevention service in the past 12 months and that there were no racial/ethnic disparities in utilization of these services. However, the utilization of individual or group HIV prevention programs is low and HIV testing is below current recommendations for MSM.

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