CONTINUED high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in NSW, including those who are HIV positive, have prompted a revision of the STI and HIV testing guidelines for NSW.
The 2014 Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV Testing Guidelines for Asymptomatic Men who have Sex with Men, which was released this month by the Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action Group (STIGMA), continues to recommend annual testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and HIV and more frequent testing for high-risk men.
Last published in 2010, the revised guidelines now also recommends throat testing for chlamydia, and the use of electronic reminders for gay men and their clinicians to increase the regularity of testing, particularly for gay men in inner-Sydney and other Australian metropolitan centres.
Developed to assist GPs and primary health practitioners with comprehensive and regular testing of gay men, the revised guidelines also recommend conducting a behavioural risk assessment and promoting consistent condom use among gay men.
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