Journal article

A 'test and treat' prevention strategy in Australia requires innovative HIV testing models: a cohort study of repeat testing among 'high-risk' men who have sex with men

Anna L Wilkinson, Carol El-Hayek, Tim Spelman, Christopher K Fairley, David Leslie, Emma S McBryde, Margaret Hellard, Mark Stoove

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) in several high-income countries, including Australia, have increased substantially over recent years. Australia, in line with global prevention strategies, has emphasised a 'test and treat' HIV prevention strategy which relies on timely detection of HIV through frequent testing by those at risk. We examined trends in repeat testing among MSM defined as 'high-risk' according to Australian testing guidelines. METHODS: HIV test records from MSM attending high caseload clinics in Melbourne 2007-2013 and classified as high-risk were analysed. Binary outcomes of 'test within 3 months' and 'test within 6 months' were assigned to tests..

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