Next review date: TBC

This is one of two pieces of NICE guidance published in March 2011 on how to increase the uptake of HIV testing. A second publication covers HIV testing among the black African community.

The two pieces of guidance (PH33 and PH34) will be refreshed and combined into one piece of guidance through a partial update. The partial update will combine the recommendations in PH33 and PH34 into generic recommendations and, where appropriate, specific recommendations for high risk population groups. Additionally it will consider potential changes to indicator conditions and home testing and sampling.

This guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men. This includes those working in local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It will also be of interest to members of the public, in particular men who have sex with men.

The focus of the guidance is on increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission.

The recommendations include advice on:

  • planning services, including assessing local need and developing a strategy
  • promoting HIV testing among men who have sex with men, including outreach schemes and providing rapid point-of-care tests
  • offering and recommending an HIV test in primary care, secondary care and specialist sexual health services
  • repeat testing
  • HIV referral pathways.
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