Journal article

The changing age distribution of men who have sex with men diagnosed with HIV in Victoria.

Carol El-Hayek, Isabel Bergeri, Margaret E Hellard, Alisa E Pedrana, Nasra Higgins, Alan Breschkin, Mark Stoové

Med J Aust | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe recent trends among men who have sex with men (MSM) in age at diagnosis of HIV in Victoria. DESIGN AND SETTING: Analysis of Victorian HIV surveillance data from (i) passive surveillance (2000-2009) and (ii) the Victorian Primary Care Network for Sentinel Surveillance (VPCNSS) (2006-2009). Age-trend comparisons were made using syphilis and gonorrhoea enhanced surveillance. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: HIV diagnoses, HIV testing and behavioural indicators by year and age group among MSM. RESULTS: Following a period of sustained increase between 2000 and 2007, the median age at HIV diagnosis among MSM declined significantly, from 38.8 years in 2007 to 35.3 years in 2008 (P=0.02..

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