Table 1

Comparison of last visit to the sexual health clinic, last HIV test and last use of PrEP in the 3 months before and since lockdown

In 3 months before lockdown began
n (%)
In 3 months since lockdown began
n (%)
P value
Testing for HIV*
When last tested for HIV (n=2018)415 (22.9)539 (29.7)
Where last tested for HIV (n=948)<0.001
 Sexual health clinic288 (70.2)120 (22.3)
 Free online self-sampling70 (17.1)346 (64.3)
 Self-testing kit14 (3.4)42 (7.8)
 Other38 (9.3)30 (5.6)
Visiting the sexual health clinic
When last visited sexual health clinic (n=2018)487 (24.1)229 (11.3)
Reasons for last visit to sexual health clinic† (n=716)
 Sexual health check-up306 (62.8)68 (29.7)<0.001
 To get PEP or PrEP132 (27.1)81 (35.4)0.02
 Had symptoms40 (8.2)48 (21.0)<0.001
 Worried might have STI65 (13.3)19 (8.3)0.05
 Needed vaccination40 (8.2)18 (7.9)0.87
 Partner diagnosed with STI31 (6.4)17 (7.4)0.60
 Treatment after positive test18 (3.7)22 (9.6)0.001
 Check-up after positive test20 (4.1)12 (5.2)0.49
 Follow-up after online test8 (1.6)18 (7.9)<0.001
 Partner had symptoms15 (3.1)6 (2.6)0.73
 Could not get online test8 (1.6)1 (0.4)0.18
Using PrEP‡
When last used PrEP (n=470)102 (21.7)309 (65.7)
Whether had new male partners since lockdown began (n=410)<0.001
 No new partners81 (80.2)112 (36.2)
 One or more new partners20 (19.8)197 (63.8)
  • Table created by coauthors.

  • *Among those with negative or unknown HIV status.

  • †Participants tick all reasons that apply.

  • ‡Among those who have ever used PrEP.

  • PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis; PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis.