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P115 Six years of outreach testing- does it work?
  1. Carol Emerson,
  2. Yvonne Wilson
  1. Belfast trust, Belfast, UK

Abstract

Introduction We have been running an outreach program since January 2009 in order to target high-risk MSM using sex on premise venues.

Methods Monthly outreach sessions to high-risk venues, inc annual pride events, run in conjunction with a LGBT organisation. Patients offered serological testing for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, triple site testing for Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea PCR and vaccination for hepatitis A and B.

Results Over 6years, 79 outreach sessions held, with 1305 assessments. 226 patients have attended more than once. 424 (68%) patients had never previously attended GUM and 391 (62%) had never had HIV testing. Testing found 13 HIV, 61 untreated syphilis (46 early), 4 chronic active hepatitis B, 63 Chlamydia (21 UR, 36 rec, 6 Th), 48 gonorrhoea (3 UR,18 rec, 27 Th). All patients attended for follow up at GUM clinic. HIV never testers decreased from 34% 2009 to 14% 2014. Vaccines given 160 in 2009, 40 in 2014.

Discussion The outreach program is a very important initiative, reaching high risk men who very often would not have been tested (34% in 2009). There was a high rate of infection diagnosed. Over time less vaccines required, percentage of HIV ‘never testers’ dropped 34–14% and 6mthly testing increased 13–45%. The outreach has increased access and raised the profile of the health services offered by GUM.

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