Table 2

Principal barriers to increasing the number of HIV tests

Barriers cited by consultantsNumber of responses
Patient dependent barriers
Concerns about consequences of positive results:
Insurance issues4
Inability to cope2
Lack of awareness of risk8
Unwillingness to wait or make further appointment3
Other responses6
Clinic dependent barriers
Concerns about resources:
Lack of time (mostly that of health advisers)17
Shortage of staff/cost of extra staff6
Other responses3
Concerns about offering the test: for example, clinic staff attitudes6
External factors: for example, General Medical Council policy on consent3