Table 2

HIV testing perceptions and practices of black, primary care physicians (physician reported)
Survey Question and Responses % physicians
“In your opinion, how serious of a problem is HIV today…?”
 “Crisis” in the general population 14
 “Crisis” in the black population 55
“What would you estimate is the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to be in the county and state where you practice?”a
 State 14
 County 13
“When it comes to HIV testing in general, which of the following statements do you agree with most?”
 HIV testing is only necessary for my patients in  “high-risk”b groups 20
 HIV testing is part of the routine tests I recommend  for all of my sexually active patients 80
“What would be the primary reasons you would recommend HIV testing to a patient?”
 Multiple sex partners 89
 Injection drug use 85
 Sexual assault 83
 Suspected prostitution 77
 Sexual activity 77
 Homosexuality 77
 Previous incarceration 70
 Routine test 55
“In the past year, what percentage of the patients in your practice has been tested for HIV?”
 All patients 34
 Black patients 37
“Have you, yourself, been tested for HIV…?
 In the past year 25
 In the past 5 years 50
 More than 5 years ago 16
 Never 8

aThe highest actual local prevalence of HIV in the United States is approximately 3% in Washington, DC [17]; bSuch as men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and individuals with multiple sex partners.

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Wong et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:96   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-96

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