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Achieving high acceptability of HIV testing in a population-based survey among immigrants in Finland.

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Source
Scand J Public Health. 2015 Jun;43(4):393-8
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2015
Author
Paula J Tiittala
Pia S Kivelä
Matti A Ristola
Heljä-Marja Surcel
Päivikki M S Koponen
Mulki Mölsä
Jukka Ollgren
Kirsi Liitsola
Source
Scand J Public Health. 2015 Jun;43(4):393-8
Date
Jun-2015
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Communication Barriers
Counseling - statistics & numerical data
Emigrants and Immigrants - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Employment - statistics & numerical data
Female
Finland
HIV Infections - diagnosis
Humans
Language
Male
Mass Screening - utilization
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care - statistics & numerical data
Risk factors
Abstract
The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing among migrants in Finland and the factors contributing to non-acceptance.
The Finnish Migrant Health and Wellbeing Study 'Maamu' was the first national population-based Health Interview and Examination Survey (HIS/HES) among migrants in Finland. A total of 386 Kurdish, Russian and Somali immigrants in Helsinki participated in the study.
Despite the participants' different sociodemographic backgrounds, a high rate of test acceptability (92%, 95% CI 90-95) was achieved. HIV test acceptance was associated with pretest counselling, ability to understand spoken Finnish or Swedish and employment status. No participants tested positive for HIV.
The results imply that a universal HIV testing strategy is well accepted in a low-HIV prevalence immigrant population and can be included in a general health examination in immigrant population-based surveys.
PubMed ID
25788469 View in PubMed
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