Repeated STI and HIV testing among HIV-negative men who have sex with men attending a large STI clinic in Amsterdam: a longitudinal study

Henrike J Vriend, Ineke G Stolte, Janneke C M Heijne, Titia Heijman, Henry J C De Vries, Ronald B Geskus, Marianne A B Van der Sande, Maria Prins

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: In the Netherlands, men who have sex with men (MSM) are advised via informal guidelines to test for STI at least annually. We estimated the proportion of HIV-negative MSM testing repeatedly at 12-month or smaller intervals at a large STI clinic in the Netherlands. In addition, we explored whether repeated testing is related to risk behaviour.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Longitudinal data of HIV-negative MSM visiting the Amsterdam STI clinic between 2009 and 2012 were analysed. To estimate the timing of repeated testing, Kaplan-Meier methods were used. Determinants for repeated testing (distinguishing testing at 12-month or smaller intervals and less than 12-monthly testing, with single testers as reference group) were identified using multivariate multinomial logistic regression analyses.

RESULTS: In total, 19,479 consultations of 9174 HIV-negative MSM were identified. Of these MSM, 35% (95% CI 33% to 36%) were estimated to return to the STI clinic within 1 year following baseline consultation. Among 1767 men with at least two consultations and at least 2 years between baseline and last consultation, 43% tested repeatedly at 12-month or smaller intervals in those first 2 years. Repeated testers reported higher sexual risk behaviour (ie, only casual or both casual and steady sex partners, higher numbers of sex partners) at baseline compared with single testers. This effect tended to be slightly stronger for men testing repeatedly at 12-month or smaller intervals.

CONCLUSIONS: The proportion of MSM testing for STI annually is low. MSM testing repeatedly had higher baseline levels of risk behaviour. Strategies to motivate MSM to test annually should be explored.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Volume91
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)294-9
Number of pages6
ISSN1368-4973
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2015

Keywords

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis/statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Behavior
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Netherlands/epidemiology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care/psychology
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases/prevention & control

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