HIV testing increased among MSM

Published: October 31, 2014

Laura A. Cooley
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Researchers from the CDC have found that HIV testing increased among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men from 2008 to 2011.

“These differential increases in recent HIV testing coincided with the implementation of CDC’s Expanded Testing Initiative, in time, by location and by population of interest,” the researchers wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “These data suggest that CDC’s efforts to increase HIV testing among key populations at high risk for HIV might be having a measurable population-level impact.”

The Expanded Testing Initiative (ETI) was launched in 2007 to facilitate HIV diagnosis and linkage to care for blacks, and was meant to increase HIV testing in 25 jurisdictions with high AIDS burdens. Using data from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS), the researchers evaluated HIV testing history among MSM in 20 cities, 17 of which were also jurisdictions of the ETI.

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