Which gay and bisexual men attend community-based HIV testing services in Australia? An analysis of cross-sectional national behavioural surveillance data

Evelyn Lee, Limin Mao, Ben Bavinton, Garrett Prestage, Martin Holt

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Abstract

In Australia, HIV testing services have become increasingly available in non-traditional settings such as peer-led, community-based services to expand access and increase uptake of HIV testing among gay and bisexual men (GBM). This study aimed to compare the socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics of GBM whose last HIV test was conducted at a community-based service to GBM whose last test was at a traditional clinical setting. We analysed behavioural surveillance data collected from 5988 participants in seven states and territories in the period 2016–2017. We found that non-HIV-positive GBM who attended community-based services were largely similar to men attending clinic-based settings, particularly in terms of sexual practice and risk of HIV. However, non-HIV-positive GBM who were younger, born in Asia, more socially engaged with other gay men but who had not recently used PrEP were more likely to attend community-based services for their last HIV test. This study points to the successful establishment of community-based HIV testing services in Australia as a way to attract subgroups of GBM at potentially higher risk of HIV.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-394
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume24
Issue number2
Early online date12 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community-based
  • HIV testing
  • Gay men
  • Peer-led

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