HIV Testing With and Without a Clinical Consultation Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Tim RH Read, Sandra Walker, Eric PF Chow, Jason J Ong, Catriona S Bradshaw, Nick A Medland, Rebecca Wigan, Marcus Y Chen, Christoper K Fairley
JAIDS-JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Increasing the frequency of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) maximizes the preventive effect of antiretroviral therapy, by reducing time to diagnosis and treatment. SETTING: Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia. METHODS: This randomized controlled trial evaluated whether access to testing, without seeing a clinician would increase testing frequency. MSM attending for HIV testing between July 2014 and April 2015 were randomized in 1:1 ratio to the intervention arm (access to HIV and syphilis testing at 300 pathology centers, without requiring consultations) or the control arm (consultation at every test), without blinding. The primary outcome was the incidenc..View full abstract
Awarded by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council funds
Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council funds T.R.H.R., E.P.F.C., N.A.M. and J.J.O. (fellowships 1091536, 1091226, 1094518 and 1104781 respectively) and provided funding for this study from Program Grant APP1071269.