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dc.contributor.authorPrestage, G.
dc.contributor.authorZablotska, I.
dc.contributor.authorBavinton, B.
dc.contributor.authorGrulich, A.
dc.contributor.authorKeen, P.
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, D.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Graham
dc.contributor.authorBradley, J.
dc.contributor.authorHolt, M.
dc.contributor.authorGuy, R.
dc.identifier.citationPrestage, G. and Zablotska, I. and Bavinton, B. and Grulich, A. and Keen, P. and Murphy, D. and Brown, G. et al. 2016. Previous and future use of HIV self-testing: A survey of Australian gay and bisexual men. Sexual Health. 13 (1): pp. 55-62.

Background The awareness and previous and intended use of HIV self-testing (HST), and the associated factors, among Australian gay and bisexual men (GBM) was investigated. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted in Australia during 2012. Of 1410 respondents, 559 non-HIV-positive men answered questions about HST. Results: Men reported reasons for having avoided or delayed HIV testing, most of which could be broadly categorised as: the inconvenience of current testing procedures; concerns about privacy; and a belief that they had not done anything risky. Over one-third of men (39.7%) were aware that HST was available internationally, with 1.6% having accessed HST through online purchase. The majority of men in the study indicated that they would be 'likely' (36.5%) or 'very likely' (34.3%) to use HST if it was available in Australia. Also, 36.7% indicated they would test partners they met at sex-on-site venues, and 73.2% would test partners with whom they were already acquainted. Nearly half (47.6%) indicated that having the capacity to test themselves at home would likely increase their testing frequency. Men who had engaged in unprotected anal intercourse, who were not gay-identified, and who indicated inconvenience issues with using clinic-based HIV testing were more likely to indicate a willingness to use HST. Many men indicated they would be likely to offer HST to at least some of their sex partners. Conclusion: Many GBM who engage in HIV risk behaviours would appreciate HST, and may be encouraged to test more often, as it may alleviate their concerns about testing.

dc.publisherC S I R O Publishing
dc.titlePrevious and future use of HIV self-testing: A survey of Australian gay and bisexual men
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleSexual Health
curtin.departmentSchool of Public Health
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