Journal article

HIV-testing of men who have sex with men: variable testing rates among clinicians

T Petlo, CK Fairley, B Whitton, K Coles, MY Chen

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STD & AIDS | ROYAL SOC MEDICINE PRESS LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

High HIV testing coverage of high-risk populations is required to reduce the number of HIV-infected individuals unaware of their status. The aim of this study was to determine HIV testing rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending a sexual health service, including the impact of the treating clinician on HIV testing rates. Factors associated with HIV testing of MSM attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre for the first time between 2003 and 2009 were determined, including testing rates for individual treating clinicians. Overall, 78% of 4425 men were tested for HIV. Clinician HIV testing rates were higher among nurses (median 89%; range 77-95%) than doctors (median 73%; range ..

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