Partner communication and HIV testing among US Chinese college students

Am J Health Behav. May-Jun 2010;34(3):362-73. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.34.3.11.


Objectives: To explore the role of partner communication and relationship status on HIV testing among Chinese/Chinese American college students in northern California.

Methods: We used a cross-sectional study design to conduct focus groups and an online or paper-pencil questionnaire (N = 230).

Results: The majority (60%) of respondents were in committed partnerships, with 21% in casual partnerships. Less than one third (30%) of respondents had ever obtained an HIV test. History of HIV tested was associated with relationship status and partner communication.

Conclusions: Interventions to increase partner communication skills while taking into account sociocultural factors among this population and their partners are needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Asian Americans / psychology*
  • Asians / ethnology
  • Asians / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Students / psychology*
  • United States / ethnology
  • Universities
  • Young Adult