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Table 2 Motivations and barriers to HIV testing

From: A cross-sectional study of low HIV testing frequency and high-risk behaviour among men who have sex with men and transgender women in Lima, Peru

Motivation Ever-testers N = 559 (%)* Barrier Never-testers N = 143 (%)*
To check my health 282 (50.4) I do not believe I am at risk 67 (46.9)
I had sex without a condom 240 (42.9) I am afraid to receive the result 60 (42.0)
I was offered a free test 170 (30.4) I have not had the opportunity 51 (35.7)
I wanted to know if I was HIV positive 165 (29.5) I am afraid other people will find out my result 32 (22.4)
One of my partners did not use a condom 92 (16.5) I am afraid of needles 31 (21.7)
It was recommended by a healthcare professional 83 (14.8) I do not know where to get tested 18 (12.6)
It was required for a procedure/work/visa/marriage/etc. 52 (9.30) I am afraid of my partner’s reaction 17 (11.9)
For another research study 48 (8.59) Other people will think that I am sick 15 (10.5)
One of my partners wanted me to get tested 38 (6.80) I do not have money to pay for the test 14 (9.79)
I had AIDS symptoms 20 (3.58) Other 8 (5.59)
One of my partners had AIDS symptoms 15 (2.68) No response 5 (3.50)
Other 8 (1.43)   
I don’t know 3 (0.54)   
  1. *Percentages were calculated from total number of ever- testers or never-testers not by total number of responses.