Whether Patients Want It or Not, Physician Recommendations Will Convince Them to Accept HIV Testing

Katherine Ellen Baumann, Vagish Hemmige, Michael Anthony Kallen, Richard Lewis Street, Thomas Peter Giordano, Monisha Arya

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Physicians are not routinely offering patients HIV testing, partly due to perceived patient discomfort with discussing HIV. This study assessed patients’ comfort level and whether physician recommendations can overcome any discomfort that does exist. In a publicly funded primary care clinic, we administered a survey exploring patient facilitators to HIV testing, with 266 patients answering the 2 main survey questions of interest. Most participants wanted their physician to offer HIV testing (n = 175; 65.8%). Even among participants who did not want their physician to offer HIV testing (n = 91), over half (n = 54; 59.3%) reported they would “likely” or “very likely” accept HIV testing if their physician recommended it. Based on our findings, not only are negative attitudes about HIV testing among patients uncommon but physician recommendations may be able to convince patients to receive HIV testing in spite of patients stating they do not want the test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
StatePublished - Jan 29 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • HIV testing
  • barrier
  • communication
  • physician

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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