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

T. Petlo, C. K. Fairley, B. Whitton, Katie Coles, M. Y. Chen

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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 45-88%) with significant differences between individual physicians (P < 0.001). Lower testing among doctors was independent of reported sexual risk and time since the last HIV test. Substantial differences in HIV testing rates between clinicians were evident with low testing by some. Increasing HIV testing rates among high-risk groups require engagement not only of individuals at risk but also awareness among health-care providers who perform HIV testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-729
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of STD & AIDS
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Testing

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