Do young black men who have sex with men in the deep south prefer traditional over alternative STI testing?

Academic Article


  • Background: High sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in the South, especially among young black men who have sex with men (YB MSM), make STI testing imperative for public health. Purpose: To identify STI testing preferences in this population to improve testing delivery and utilization. Methods: YB MSM ages 16-35 in Birmingham, Alabama participated in focus groups (FG). A trained qualitative researcher coded transcripts after each FG and added questions to explore emerging themes. Results: Between September 2017 and January 2018, 36 YB MSM participated in 5 focus groups. Median age was 25.5 (Interquartile range 22-30). Participants preferred STI testing at doctors' offices conducted by physicians but they also preferred having options related to testing locations, frequency, and timing to address diverse needs. Participants did not prefer testing by non-physician staff or home self-testing. Conclusion: A variety of options, including varied locations, personnel, and methods (self-collected and provider collected) are needed to make patient-preferred STI testing a reality among YB MSM in the Deep South. Further, the desire to be tested by a trusted physician highlights the need for access to primary care providers. Results suggest that newer home-based.
  • Published In

  • PLoS One  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Eaton EF; Austin EL; Dodson CK; Heudebert JP; Jackson D; Muzny CA
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 12