Event Name Exploring Attitudes towards HIV testing amongst wealthy men in Tanzania
Start Date 21st Nov 2018 4:00pm
End Date 21st Nov 2018 5:30pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Description

HIV has long been viewed as a disease of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, despite evidence from Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) that shows that HIV prevalence rates are often highest in the wealthiest quintile for both men and women, especially in East Africa. However, for a range of reasons, this evidence has largely been ignored in policy making and academic circles, in part because it was assumed that the wealthiest would be the first to respond to the epidemic by changing their (sexual) behaviour. In relation to HIV testing, there is also an assumption that policy and programmes designed to encourage testing should focus on the poor. Whilst DHS data shows that self-reported testing rates are lower in poorer quintiles, there are still significant numbers of wealthy men who have not taken a HIV test. This has implications for the continued transmission of the virus, enhancing access to treatment, and importantly efforts to address the gendered nature of the epidemic. This presentation will reflect on findings from a recent qualitative research project conducted in Mwanza City, Tanzania, that aimed to understand attitudes towards HIV testing amongst wealthy men and the barriers to testing they face that are related to their wealth and status.