Table 1

Predictors of adherence with testing for any risk MSM* April 2006 to June 2008, GP clinics

VariableCategoryAdherenceUnivariateMultivariate
n%OR95% CIp ValueAOR95% CIp Value
Age group (y)<3010633
30–39126341.1(0.8 to 1.4)0.758
40+109290.8(0.6 to 1.2)0.259
Victorian area of residenceNon-metro621
Metro290321.7(0.7 to 4.3)0.250
Country of birthAustralia26132
Other75341.1(0.8 to 1.5)0.567
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait IslanderNo32632
Yes3300.9(0.2 to 3.6)0.903
History of injecting drug use, everNo31432
Yes16341.1(0.6 to 2.1)0.756
History of past HIV test in last 12 months (self-report)Yes13426
No182422.1(1.6 to 2.7)<0.0012.1(1.5, 2.2)<0.001
Male sexual partners in the last 6 months<1123028
≥11111462.2(1.6 to 2.9)<0.001
HIV status of current regular partnerNeg/unk13728
Positive27351.4(0.9 to 2.3)0.187
Condom use when having anal sex with regular partner/s in the last 6 monthsAlways8426
Inconsistent125381.7(1.2 to 2.4)0.002
Condom use when having anal sex with casual partner/s in the last 6 monthsAlways16331
Inconsistent111461.9(1.4 to 2.6)<0.0011.7(1.3 to 2.4)0.001
Meeting sexual partner/s at SOPVs in the last 6 monthsNo19629
Yes145361.3(1.0 to 1.8)0.028
Meeting partner/s on the internet in the last 6 monthsNo20731
Yes134371.4(1.1 to 1.8)0.016
Meeting sexual partner/s at dance parties in the last 6 monthsNo22030
Yes121371.4(1.0 to 1.8)0.033
Meeting sexual partner/s via social networks in the last 6 monthsNo24031
Yes101351.2(0.9 to 1.6)0.287
Meeting sexual partner/s at pubs/bars in the last 6 monthsNo26531
Yes76351.2(0.9 to 1.6)0.356
Meeting sexual partner/s at beats§ in the last 6 monthsNo28931
Yes52421.6(1.1 to 2.4)0.0131.9(1.2 to 3.0)0.006
  • * Recommendation 1: all men who have had any sex with another man in the previous year should be offered tests for STIs at least once a year.

  • Includes partners who have not had a HIV test.

  • Inconsistent includes never, sometimes and usually.

  • § In Australia, the term beat is used to refer to an area frequented by gay men and non-gay-identifying MSM who are cruising for casual sex and where sexual acts occur. Most commonly, public toilets, parks and nightclubs are used as beats.

  • metro, metropolitan; MSM, men who have sex with men; neg, negative; SOPVs, sex on premises venues; unk, unknown.