HIV testing behaviors and attitudes among community recruited methamphetamine users in a South African township.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Methamphetamine users in South Africa are at high risk for HIV infection and transmission, but little is known about HIV testing in this population. We examined HIV testing behaviors and attitudes in 362 methamphetamine users recruited using chain referral sampling from one peri-urban community. Many (44 %) had not been HIV tested in the past year. HIV testing was associated with positive testing attitudes, less AIDS stigma, and greater methamphetamine stigma. Among participants who reported HIV infection (8 %), less than half were linked to care. Findings highlight the need to identify barriers to HIV service uptake for methamphetamine users.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meade, CS; Towe, SL; Watt, MH; Hobkirk, AL; Skinner, D; Myers, B; Kimani, SM; Pieterse, D

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 186 - 191

PubMed ID

  • 24858393

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4324718

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-014-0795-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States