Journal article

Provision of HIV test results by telephone is both safe and efficient for men who have sex with men

Melanie Bissessor, Catriona S Bradshaw, Christopher K Fairley, Marcus Y Chen, Eric PF Chow

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of delivering HIV test results by telephone on HIV testing and subsequent risk behaviour of men, as well as saving on clinic consultation time. It was conducted at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, the main public sexual health clinic servicing Victoria, Australia. In 2013, a policy change was introduced so men could obtain their HIV test result via telephone. We compared the proportion of men testing for HIV and receiving results in the 24 months before (2011-2012) and the 24 months after (2013-2014) the policy change. There was a modest increase in the proportion of men having a HIV test of 3.2% ( p < 0.001) after the policy change. The prov..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: MB was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship (ID 1038734). EPFC was supported by the Early Career Fellowships from the Australian NHMRC (1091226).