A comparative, retrospective analysis of HIV testing among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Melbourne, Australia
Kathleen E Ryan, Anna L Wilkinson, Eric Chow, Tim Read, Marcus Chen, Peter Locke, David Leitinger, Catriona Bradshaw, Alisa Pedrana, Margaret Hellard, Christopher K Fairley, Mark Stoove
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY | Published : 2019
OBJECTIVE: PRONTO!, a peer-led rapid HIV-testing service in Melbourne, Australia, opened to improve HIV testing among gay and bisexual men (GBM). We compared client characteristics and return testing among GBM testing at PRONTO! with GBM testing at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC). METHODS: All GBM attending PRONTO! and MSHC for HIV testing between August 2013 and April 2016 were included. We describe the number of tests, percentage of clients who returned during follow-up, the mean number of tests and median time between tests at the two services. RESULTS: At PRONTO!, 33% of 3,102 GBM and at MSHC 50% of 9,836 GBM returned for a further HIV test at least once. The mean number of tests p..View full abstract
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services funds the evaluation of PRONTO! and ongoing surveillance projects within the Burnet Institute.