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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Public Health


Peter Anderson


Age of consent policies have recently been identified as a barrier to HIV testing among adolescents in HIV endemic Sub-Sahara Africa. Grounded in the modified social ecological model, the purpose of this study was to determine if these policies were related to HIV testing rates and prevalence. In this quantitative research secondary data sets from the Demographic Health Survey were used. This study included all sexually active respondents aged 18 years or below (N=37,015) and then was further limited by respondents that had HIV test results (N=25,107). Binary logistic regression showed that respondents with lower age of consent had higher rates of HIV testing. Compared to respondents with an age of consent of 18 years, respondents with age of consent of 16 were 3 times more likely to have been tested (p