Sexually transmitted infection testing and self-reported diagnoses among a community sample of men who have sex with men, in Scotland

Lisa M. McDaid, Jessica Li, Christina Knussen, Paul Flowers

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The aim of this study was to examine STI testing and self-reported diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland. Cross-sectional survey of seven Glasgow gay bars in July 2010 (N=822, 62% response rate); 693 are included in the analyses. 81.8% reported ever having had an STI test; 37.4% had tested in the previous 6 months. 13.2% reported having an STI in the previous 12 months. The adjusted odds of having ever tested were significantly higher for men who had 6+ sexual partners in the previous 12 months (AOR=2.66), a maximum sexual health knowledge score (2.23), and had talked to an outreach worker/participated in counselling (1.96), and lower for men reporting any high-risk UAI in the previous 12 months (0.51).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Issue number3
Early online date5 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013



  • sexual health
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • gay men

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