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Trends in lifetime HIV testing among gay men and other MSM in England and Wales: 1997-2008

XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, 21st July 2010 (Poster and talk).

Speakers: Peter Weatherburn, Catherine Dodds, Ford Hickson, David Reid, Alan Wardle

Using data drawn from the Gay Men's Sex Survey (GMSS) our annual serial cross-sectional survey of gay men and other men that have sex with men across England and Wales, this poster and very short talk explored changing patterns of HIV testing from 1997 to 2008. The data shows very limited change in the proportion of all men that had ever tested from 1997 to 2005 - when it hovered between 55% and 60%. However recent surveys show a sharp rise in the proportion that had ever tested during 2006, 2007 and 2008, and a rise in the proportion that had tested negative in the preceeding year. The authors suggest that efforts to encourage MSM to test for HIV in the UK have been succesful, but the proportion of MSM who have ever tested remains low compared to other Western European countries, Australia, Canada and the USA.

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