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Factors that may increase HIV testing uptake in those who decline to test
  1. F Burns1,
  2. C H Mercer1,
  3. D Mercey1,
  4. S T Sadiq1,
  5. B Curran2,
  6. P Kell2
  1. 1Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Royal Free and University College Medical School, UCL, London, UK
  2. 2Archway Sexual Health Clinic, Camden Primary Care Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr F Burns
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The aim of improving uptake of HIV testing is threefold: to reduce the proportion of undiagnosed HIV infection within the community; to ensure early access to treatment for those found to be infected; and to limit further transmission.1 Little research has occurred within the United Kingdom to understand reasons why patients decline an offer of HIV testing. An aim of this study was to identify factors that would persuade patients who declined to have an HIV test, to test in an inner city sexual health clinic with a universal HIV testing policy.

We conducted a prospective questionnaire based survey of all patients of unknown HIV status presenting over a 2 month period. All patients who saw a doctor, except those attending for follow up, were invited to participate.

In all, 585 (49.4%) questionnaires were returned. There …

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  • Sources of support: Funding for data entry from Archway Sexual Health Clinic.

  • Conflict of interest: none.

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