Men in smaller cities reluctant to test for HIV

Kelowna Capital News reported on a UBCO study on HIV testing in rural areas compared to larger cities.

The study, conducted in cooperation with the Living Positive Resource Centre, found that men who have sex with men are more likely to be closeted and therefore testing rates among men living in smaller and rural communities are lower compared to men living in larger cities.

“This study shows that a lack of feeling accepted appears to not only pose mental health risks, it poses physical health risks,” said Susan Holtzman, UBCO professor of psychology.