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Evaluation of knowledge and utility of the 2014 Australian sexually transmissible infection and HIV testing guidelines for asymptomatic men who have sex with men among general practitioners in Sydney

David J. Templeton A B C H , Phillipe C. G. Adam D , Rajesh Varma C E , Phillip Read C F , Chistopher Bourne C E , Shih-Chi Kao A G and on behalf of the Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action Group (STIGMA)
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A RPA Sexual Health, Sydney Local Health District, 16 Marsden Street, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia.

B Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney, Jane Foss Russell Building, City Road, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

C Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney, High Street, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia.

D Centre for Social Research in Health, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Sydney, High Street, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia.

E Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital, PO Box 1614, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia.

F Kirketon Road Centre, PO Box 22, Kings Cross, NSW 1340, Australia.

G HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit, Population Health, Sydney Local Health District, 16 Marsden Street, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia.

H Corresponding author. Email: david.templeton@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Sexual Health - https://doi.org/10.1071/SH17113
Submitted: 28 June 2017  Accepted: 6 August 2017   Published online: 20 September 2017

Abstract

The Australian sexually transmissible infection and HIV testing guidelines for asymptomatic men who have sex with men were updated in 2014. An evaluation study targeting Sydney-based general practitioners was conducted among 85 clinicians. Respondents with knowledge of guideline recommendations were significantly more likely to feel comfortable asking men who have sex with men about their sexual history (98.1% vs 81.3%, P = 0.039), and to recommend at least annual testing (94.0% vs 68.8%, P = 0.015), 3-month retesting after chlamydia or gonorrhoea treatment (96.2% vs 73.3%, P = 0.017) and syphilis testing with routine HIV monitoring bloods (90.2% vs 57.1%, P = 0.037). Familiarity with the guidelines was associated with a range of positive outcomes on general practitioners’ clinical practice. Novel approaches are required to ensure more widespread distribution of future guidelines.


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