Social and behavioural correlates of HIV testing among Australian gay and bisexual men in regular relationships

Evelyn Lee*, Dean Murphy, Limin Mao, John de Wit, Garrett Prestage, Iryna Zablotska, Martin Holt

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Abstract

In this study we sought to identify the social and behavioural characteristics of Australian gay and bisexual men who had and had not tested for HIV during their current relationship. The results were based on 2012 and 2013 data collected from ongoing cross-sectional and community-based surveys held in six Australian states and territories. One thousand five hundred and sixty-one non-HIV-positive men reported that they were in a primary relationship. The majority of gay and bisexual men in primary relationships had tested for HIV during the relationship (73.4 %). Among men who had not tested during the relationship, almost half of these men had never tested for HIV. As untested men within relationships are potentially at risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV to their partners unknowingly, it is important to promote HIV testing to these men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1301
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Australian
  • Gay and bisexual men
  • HIV
  • HIV testing
  • Regular relationship

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