Interventions to increase screening for sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men attending clinical services: Experiences from Victoria, Australia

M. Chen, H. Zou, M. Bissessor

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In Australia, men who have sex with men (MSM) constitute the major risk group for HIV and have prevalence rates for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are generally much higher than among heterosexuals. In Victoria there has been a re-emergence of infectious syphilis and new HIV infections among MSM. STI screening remains a cornerstone in the control of these infections. Frequent screening of MSM for STIs should help to control infection within this population and should utilise innovative responses targeting MSM attending clinical services. Evaluation of these interventions shows success in increasing STI screening rates among MSM together with increased detection of asymptomatic infections. Wider application of similar and novel measures could see improved control of STIs and HIV among MSM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalHong Kong Journal of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • Men who have sex with men
  • Screening
  • Sexually transmitted infections

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