Introduction Men who have sex with men (MSM) remain a high risk group for HIV infection, increased rates of syphilis, LGV and gonorrhoea indicating high levels of risky sexual behaviour. The aim of this audit was to measure care against BASHH recommendations for testing for STIs in MSM (2014) and local guidelines to ensure high quality accessible services for MSM.
Methods Data were collected retrospectively from electronic patient records of all MSM first attendances across all clinics between 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 (N=96) and data analysed using SPSS and Excel.
Results 79% (76/96) of MSM were from our local borough; age range was 16–65 with highest attendance in the 25–29 years age group; 43% were from BME communities. 100% were offered STI screening, 91% accepted (87/96) and 47% had a STI diagnosed. 80% of MSM had a comprehensive assessment undertaken while 65% had a record of vaccination status. PEPSE discussion was recorded for 76% of eligible patients. 100% of suitable patients were offered HIV testing (n=88/96), 90% (79/88) tested with a positivity rate of 2.5% (2/79).
Discussion The service is highly accessible to local MSM, STI testing offer exceeded the BASHH recommendation of 97% and uptake of 91% exceeded the BASHH recommendation of 80%. Uptake of HIV testing met the BASHH recommendation of 90% but improvements are needed in PEPSE and PREP discussions and determining Hepatitis B status in all eligible clients. EPR has been revised and staff training undertaken to address and improve on this.