USF St. Petersburg campus Master's Theses (Graduate)


Allison Nall

First Advisor

Major Professor: Tiffany Chenneville, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Lindsey Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jennifer O'Brien, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Publication Date


Date Issued

March 5, 2018


With the high prevalence of HIV among youth in sub-Saharan Africa, it is vital to better understand factors affecting HIV testing among this population; this is the first step in the HIV treatment cascade. Using existing data from the SEERs (Stigma-reduction via Education, Empowerment, and Research) Project, a community-based participatory research program targeting 13-24 year olds in Kenya, the purpose of this study was to examine factors related to behavioral intentions regarding HIV testing. It was hypothesized that HIV knowledge, social support, subjective well-being, and mental health would serve as facilitators to HIV testing while projected stigma and substance use would serve as barriers to HIV testing. In partial support of the hypotheses, findings from a logistic regression analysis revealed that HIV knowledge facilitated HIV testing behavioral intentions. However, unexpectedly, social support was a barrier to HIV testing intentions. These findings have important implications for future research in this area and for this population.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts Department of Psychology College of Arts and Sciences University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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