Knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding HIV testing among female military family members of childbearing age in Honduras

Patrick W. Hickey, Devon R. Kuehn, Ricardo Aviles, Clifton Yu, Christopher M. Watson, Rita Medina, Mario Lopez

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Abstract

This is a survey of knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding HIV testing among 187 female family members affiliated with the Honduran Armed Forces and civilian controls. Prior HIV testing was reported by 45%, and 94% expressed willingness to be tested in the future. Pregnancy was the reason for 73% of prior tests, but only 49% of the 149 women with prior pregnancies reported prior tests. Although most women tested for HIV did so during pregnancy, there appears to be a gap in understanding that the rationale is to help prevent maternal-child transmission at birth or through breast-feeding. Military-affiliated women were more likely to describe themselves as being knowledgeable of HIV/AIDS, 95% versus 82% (p < 0.01), but there were few differences in knowledge between groups. Positive perceptions of confidentiality, test accuracy, and self-awareness of HIV were associated with prior testing. Although these differences may point to HIV/AIDS educational areas that should be emphasized for a particular population, the overall content that should be provided to military or civilian families is the same.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1126-1132
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume178
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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