Awareness of and preferences for rapid HIV testing among young men of color who have sex with men and are engaged in high-risk HIV behaviors were assessed in the current report. The cross-sectional study of 177 young MSM was performed in New York City.
Among 85 percent of participants who had previously undergone HIV testing, 43 percent reported rapid testing at their most recent test. In terms of future testing, 64 percent would seek rapid testing vs. 36 percent who would seek traditional testing. MSM who preferred rapid testing were significantly more likely to have attended at least some college, to have discussed HIV testing with a sexual partner, to be aware of rapid testing, and to have had a prior HIV test.
"In general, young MSM of color seem aware of rapid testing. However, our results indicate the need to carefully consider the unique needs of those who are particularly disenfranchised or engaged in high-risk behaviors and who may need concerted efforts around HIV counseling and testing," the authors concluded. "Likewise, our findings point to a need for more effective education and social marketing strategies."