Only one-fifth of negative/untested higher risk MSM report regular HIV testing: results from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Jamie Frankis, Karen Lorimer, Mark Davis, Christina Knussen, Lisa McDaid, Paul Flowers

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Abstract

Introduction
• MSM are at a disproportionate risk of HIV in the UK
• Up to 20% of HIV+ MSM are undiagnosed1
• BHIVA/BASH guidelines2 recommend regular HIV testing;
• At least annually for sexually active MSM
• 3 – 6 monthly testing for higher risk MSM
• Critically, there is no definition of ‘risk’ in this context
• Focus on ‘recent’ or ‘ever’ testing does not measure
ongoing behaviour

Aim of this paper
• Explore the frequency of regular HIV testing with ‘higher risk’ HIV- / untested UK MSM
• What factors are related to HIV testing amongst ‘higher risk’ HIV- / untested UK MSM?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • men who have sex with men
  • MSM
  • HIV
  • United Kingdon
  • Republic of Ireland

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