Background/introduction Residents of hostels for homeless individuals have a disproportionate burden of mental and physical health needs, which can expose them to risk of blood born viruses (BBVs) and STIs. Our borough runs 5 hostels which address health and social needs as well as provide accommodation.
Aim(s)/objectives To report on a pilot aiming to improve diagnosis and treatment of BBVs and STIs of residents of these 5 hostels.
Methods Between 14/02/2012 and 14/02/2013 five hostels were visited a minimum of two times. CT/GC NAATs and HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C serology were offered as well as signposting to other services.
Discussion/conclusion Half the residents had been tested for HIV in the preceding year. 14% had never previously tested for BBV. 38% accepted BBV testing at this service and 96% accepted CT/GC testing. One new infection was diagnosed. This suggests that existing services meet the needs of the majority of this group. However, this additional service provided support to a minority of individuals who had been unable to negotiate existing services.