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Enablers of HIV testing decision making in Hispanic/Latino women in the US South

Research Fellows: Sharon Morrison, Sudha Shreeniwas

This project seeks to generate a checklist of factors that enable Hispanic/Latino women in NC to take up HIV testing and counseling.  This checklist is to be used as a tool for health care providers to administer to clients so that they can identify and distinguish between women who may be more easily facilitated to take the test or who may be more challenged in this regard.  This 2-phase project includes 1) a qualitative interviewing with Hispanic/Latino women, HIV test providers, and community leaders, to ascertain which factors enabled women to access and go through with HIV testing, and 2) a quantitative survey using items derived from the qualitative phase that is tested with the target population, and whose psychometric properties and associations with HIV testing outcomes is being examined.