Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (PH34)
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Increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission among men who have sex with men
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.
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.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: HIV testing and prevention
This page was last updated: 24 January 2013
Implementation tools and resources
- Clinical audit tool
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Self assessment tool
- Slide set
- Increasing the uptake of HIV testing: online educational tool
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