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AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2016 May;30(5):208-14. doi: 10.1089/apc.2016.0027.

Integrating HIV Testing as an Outcome of STD Partner Services for Men Who Have Sex with Men.

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1 Department of Medicine, University of Washington , Seattle, Washington.
2 HIV/STD Program, Public Health-Seattle & King County , Seattle, Washington.
3 Office of Infectious Disease , Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, Washington.
4 Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington , Seattle, Washington.


Men who have sex with men (MSM) with bacterial sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at elevated risk for HIV infection, but often do not test for HIV at time of STD diagnosis. We instituted and evaluated a program promoting HIV testing through STD partner services (PS). In May 2012, health departments in Washington State modified STD PS programs with the objective of providing PS to all MSM with early syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydial infection and ensuring that those without a prior HIV diagnosis tested for HIV infection. We used chi-square tests and logistic and log-binomial regression to compare the percentage of MSM who received PS, HIV tested, and were newly HIV diagnosed before (January 1, 2010 to April 30, 2012) and during the revised program (May 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014). Among MSM without a prior HIV diagnosis, 2008 (62%) of 3253 preintervention and 3712 (76%) of 4880 during the intervention received PS (p < 0.001). HIV testing among PS recipients increased from 63% to 91% (p < 0.001). PS recipients were more likely to be newly HIV diagnosed than nonrecipients during the preintervention (2.5% vs. 0.93%, p = 0.002) and intervention periods (2.4% vs. 1.4%, p = 0.050). The percentage of MSM with newly diagnosed HIV infection who had a concurrent STD diagnosis increased from 6.6% to 13% statewide (p < 0.0001). Among all MSM with bacterial STDs, 61 (1.9%) preintervention and 104 (2.1%) during the intervention were newly diagnosed with HIV infection (adjusted relative risk = 1.34, p = 0.07). In conclusion, promoting HIV testing through STD PS is feasible and increases HIV testing among MSM. Our findings suggest that integrating HIV testing promotion into STD PS may increase HIV case finding.

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