Gender and HIV testing in Burkina Faso: An exploratory study

Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer, Augustin Sankara, Vincent Bastien, Michelle Parsons

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This study investigated the utilization of services around HIV testing in Burkina Faso through a survey that combined quantitative and qualitative data from 14 selected sites and 299 questionnaires. While some attitudes and behaviors towards HIV testing were similar for women and men, we found lower use of services by men, greater concerns about testing and disclosure on the part of women, and differences between men and women in motivations to test, and the experience of testing and its consequences. The results are discussed in the context of Burkina Faso and in terms of their implications for efforts to improve access to services around HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-884
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Burkina Faso
  • Counseling
  • Gender
  • HIV
  • HIV testing
  • Use of services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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