Factors associated with recency of HIV testing amongst men residing in Scotland who have sex with men

Christina Knussen, Paul Flowers, Lisa M. McDaid

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Abstract

Rates of HIV testing are increasing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland and the United Kingdom. However, it remains vital to encourage MSM to test for HIV. The aim of the current study was to determine which factors discriminated among three groups of MSM: those tested for HIV within the previous year, those who had tested over one year previously, and those who had never tested. Cross-sectional data were collected using self-report, anonymous questionnaires from MSM frequenting gay venues in Glasgow, Scotland, during July 2010 (N = 822, response rate 62.6%). Those who identified themselves as HIV positive (n = 38), did not normally reside in Scotland (n = 88), and did not provide information on HIV testing (n = 13), were excluded (139 excluded, leaving N = 683). 57% (n = 391) had tested for HIV within the previous year, 23% (n = 155) had tested over one year previously, and 20% (n = 137) had never tested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date16 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • HIV testing
  • men who have sex with men
  • sexual behaviour
  • barriers to HIV testing
  • gay men

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