Correlates of HIV Testing Among Rural African American Cocaine Users

Patricia B. Wright, Brenda M. Booth, Geoffrey M. Curran, Tyrone F. Borders, Songthip T. Ounpraseuth, Katharine E. Stewart

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Andersen's Revised Behavioral Model of Health Services Use (RBM) was used as a framework in this correlational cross-sectional study to examine factors associated with HIV testing among a sample of 251 rural African American cocaine users. All participants reported using cocaine and being sexually active within the past 30 days. Independent variables were categorized according to the RBM as predisposing, enabling, need, or health behavior factors. Number of times tested for HIV (never, one time, two to four times, five or more times) was the outcome of interest. In ordered logistic regression analyses, HIV testing was strongly associated with being female, of younger age (predisposing factors); having been tested for sexually transmitted diseases or hepatitis, ever having been incarcerated in jail or prison (enabling factors); and having had one sex partner the past 30 days (health behavior factor). Other sexual risk behaviors, drug use, health status, and perception of risk were not associated with HIV testing. Our findings confirm the importance of routine testing in all healthcare settings rather than risk-based testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-477
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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  • AIDS
  • African-American
  • Cocaine
  • Drug use
  • HIV
  • HIV risk
  • HIV testing
  • Rural
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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