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Reasons why gay and other bisexually active men attend different community testing services in Sydney; a cross-sectional survey

Vickie Knight A B E , Timmy Lockwood A , Terry Walkinshaw C , Philip Keen B , Rebecca Guy B and Anna McNulty A D
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A Sydney Sexual Health Centre, South East Sydney Local Health District, PO Box 1614, Sydney, NSW 2040, Australia.

B The Kirby Institute, Wallace Wurth Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.

C ACON, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia.

D School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia.

E Corresponding author. Email: Vickie.knight@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Sexual Health 12(5) 465-466 https://doi.org/10.1071/SH15079
Submitted: 22 April 2015  Accepted: 21 May 2015   Published: 20 July 2015

Abstract

In 2013, two new community HIV testing services were implemented in Sydney, Australia, to increase testing options for gay men. Participants were asked to complete an 8-item questionnaire to select one primary and up to three secondary reasons for attending the testing service. Over one-third of gay and bisexual men (GBM) selected getting their HIV result at the same visit as the main reason they attended at both testing services (38% and 34%, respectively; P = 0.5). GBM at the Shopfront were more likely to say that the convenient location was the main reason they attended, compared with men at the Community site (15% vs 7%, P < 0.01). These findings can inform future scale-up of HIV testing in Sydney and other places.


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