|Key characteristics of “more routine”a versus “less routine”b testers for HIV in the past yearc|
|More routine testers (n=173) were more likely to:||Less routine testers (n=157) were more likely to:|
|Be OB/GYNd (47%)||Not be OB/GYN (only 12% are OB/GYN)|
|Report testing patients as routine practice (74%)||Report testing only patients who have risk factors (39% test routinely)|
|Be <40 years old (32%; mean age 46 yrs)||Be >40 years old (81%; mean age 49 yrs)|
|Be womene (60%)||Be men (55%)|
|Have been tested for HIV themselves in past year (37%)||Not have been tested for HIV themselves in past year (only 16% were tested)|
|Perceive a higher local prevalence of HIV at the county (16%) and state (16%) levels||Perceive a lower local prevalence of HIV at the county (10%) and state (11%) levels|
|Have relatively more patients who are:||Have relatively fewer patients who are:|
|Black (62%)||Black (52%)|
|Low SES (34%)||Low SES (27%)|
|On Medicaid (30%)||On Medicaid (18%)|
|HIV positive (9%)||HIV positive (4%)|
aTested more than 25% of patients (>50% on average); bTested 0-7% of patients (<3% on average); levels of testing were calculated relative to the data distribution of testing rates in which approximately the top one-third of respondents fell into the “more routine” category and the bottom one-third fell into the “less routine” category. cPercent differences between more and less routine testers were significant (P<0.05); dOB/GYNs tested more frequently regardless of physician gender; eFemale physicians’ testing rates were likely inflated by over-representation of OB/GYNs; OB/GYN, Obstetrics/Gynecology; SES, socio-economic status.
Wong et al.
Wong et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:96 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-96