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Ecological Barriers to HIV Service Access among Young Men who have Sex with Men and High-Risk Young Women from Low-resourced Urban Communities.

  • Author(s): Chiaramonte, Danielle
  • Strzyzykowski, Trevor
  • Acevedo-Polakovich, Ignacio
  • Miller, Robin Lin
  • Boyer, Cherrie B
  • Ellen, Jonathan M
  • et al.

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15381501.2018.1502710
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Abstract

Using an ecological perspective, we sought to elucidate the perceived barriers preventing HIV service access among two groups of U.S. youth (ages 12-24) disproportionately affected by HIV, men who have sex with men and high-risk women. We content analyzed interviews with 318 key informants to identify distinct service barriers. The 29 barriers informants named were organized into six categories (service-seeking demands, stigmas, knowledge and awareness, service quality, powerful opposition, and negative emotions). Findings suggest that barriers impacting access to HIV prevention, testing, and linkage-to-care services are remarkably similar and point to the need for comprehensive approaches to improving youth's access services that address both individual-level barriers and extra-individual barriers simultaneously. Findings can be used to guide future research, programming and interventions to reduce the disproportionate spread of HIV among US youth.

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