22nd EMIS article on Reasons for not taking ART
Based on the whole European dataset we have published in PLOS One self-reported data on ART and reasons for not taking ART. Among them 25.4% had never received ART, and 2.1% had stopped taking ART. Perceived lack of need was by far the most common reason for not taking or stopping ART, followed by fear of consequences, and ART naccessibility. For all reasons, an East-West gradient could be seen, with larger proportions of men living in Central and Eastern Europe reporting reasons other than medical advice for not taking ART. A minority of men were reluctant to start ART independent of medical advice and this was associated with experiences of discrimination in health care systems.