Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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