MSM must test more

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02 Jun 2015

There’s good news and bad news: more men who have sex with men (MSM) are testing for HIV — but not often enough. According to findings from the Burnet Institute, only about 50 percent of MSM who had been screened for HIV repeated the test within 12 months. (It is advised that men with multiple partners or who engage in condomless sex should test for HIV and other STIs every three months.)

Announcing the results of the six-year study, Dr Mark Stoove said: “If [MSM] don’t test again for 12 months, they spend that time in the community putting their partners at risk. If someone presents regularly, that time is reduced and allows people to practise risk reduction strategies.”