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Health and cultural determinants of voluntary HIV testing and counseling among middle-aged and older Latina women

TitleHealth and cultural determinants of voluntary HIV testing and counseling among middle-aged and older Latina women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCraig, SL, Beaulaurier, RL, Newman, FL, De La Rosa, M, Brennan, DJ
JournalJ Women AgingJ Women Aging
Volume24
Pagination97-112
ISBN Number1540-7322 (Electronic)<br/>0895-2841 (Linking)
Accession Number22486474
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Cross-Sectional Studies, Culture, data, Directive Counseling, Female, Florida, Health Services Accessibility, Health Status, Health Surveys, Hispanic Americans, HIV Infections/diagnosis/ ethnology/prevention & control/psychology, Humans, Middle Aged, Models, Statistical, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology/psychology/statistics & numerical, Patient Education as Topic
AbstractThe rate of cases of HIV/AIDS in older people is increasing; indeed one out of every four people with HIV/AIDS is over age 50. This study describes the correlates of HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) using structural equation modeling techniques for a sample of 135 middle-aged and middle-aged and older Latinas in South Florida. Over 60% of participants had been tested for HIV. Provider endorsement was found to be the strongest predictor of VCT (odds ratio [OR] = 6. 38), followed by having a clinic as a regular source of healthcare (OR = 3.88). Social work implications are provided.