HIV Point of Care Testing (PoCT) at late-night sex on premises venues (SOPV) for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM): a mixed methods analysis

Mullens, Amy B. and Daken, Kirstie ORCID: and Lemoire, Jime and Brownlow, Charlotte and Driver, Glen and Gow, Jeff (2020) HIV Point of Care Testing (PoCT) at late-night sex on premises venues (SOPV) for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM): a mixed methods analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 24 (2). pp. 450-466. ISSN 1090-7165


The aim of this study was to establish ‘proof of concept’ for a novel approach to HIV and STI testing at a sex on premises venue (SOPV) for gay and bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) during late night group sex theme parties. A mixed-methods approach was used, and the study aimed to: (1) Build upon existing SOPV funded service delivery and establish ‘proof of concept’ for this unique setting within an SOPV; (2) evaluate the uptake and feasibility/acceptability of routine HIV/STI testing for GBMSM during theme parties in SOPV; and (3) identify beliefs/perceptions regarding this health promotion activity and venue suitability. The characteristics of patrons utilising PoCT (Point of Care Testing) were established to help further reach potentially stigmatised, highly sexually adventurous GBMSM. The findings support further PoCT endeavours within MSM communities to target harder to reach communities to reduce the rate of new transmissions of HIV. Findings can inform future health promotion, screening and interventions, as well as to identify a successful method to engage harder to reach GBMSM that need further focused targeting for HIV and STI testing to reduce transmission.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 04:39
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex-on-premises venues, SOPV, GBMSM, gay, bisexual, PoCT, testing, HIV, STI
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Men's Health
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