Is rectal gonorrhoea a lead indicator of HIV transmission among men who have sex with men in Victoria, Australia?

Anna Wilkinson, Megan Su Cheng Lim, Mark Stoove, Christopher Kit Fairley, Marcus Y Chen, Carol El-Hayek, Ian Denham, Margaret E Hellard

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Objectives To examine whether rectal gonorrhoea (RG; Neisseria gonorrhoeae) can be used as a lead indicator of trends in HIV diagnosis in men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: Data from a metropolitan sexual health centre in Victoria, Australia, on RG and HIV tests in HIV-negative MSM from January 2006 to December 2011 were examined. Results: Allowing RG a 12-month lead over HIV showed no concordance in proportion positive (r=0.27; P-value=0.28). Conclusions: The data do not support use of RG trends as a lead indicator of trends in HIV among MSM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188 - 189
Number of pages2
JournalSexual Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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