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A comparison of HIV testing protocols with Latino day laborers

  • Author(s): Galvan, Frank H
  • Wohl, Amy Rock
  • Carlos, Juli-Ann
  • Chen, Ying-Tung
  • et al.

This project compared two HIV testing protocols, an HIV test alone or as part of a bundled package with other tests, to examine which resulted in a higher test uptake in a sample of 725 Latino day laborers. The testing uptake was 29.1% for the HIV-only protocol and 13.6% for the HIV-bundled protocol (p < 0.001). Thus higher levels of testing among day laborers may occur when the HIV test is offered alone. However, no HIV-positive tests were found and few risk behaviors reported. This would argue against the need for routine HIV screening with this population as a whole. HIV testing among Latino day laborers should target those involved in actual high HIV risk behaviors, such as unprotected sex with men or injection drug use.

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