The acceptability of health service and community-based venues for syphilis testing amongst men who have sex with men: the views of potential service users in Scotland

C. Knussen, D. Bingham, P. Flowers

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The provision of community-based testing for syphilis, aimed specifically at men who have sex with men (MSM), is an increasingly popular approach to reducing infection rates and improving service delivery.1e6There is some evidence to suggest that community venues are acceptable to potential service users for both syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody testing, particularly for those wanting same-day test results. However, it is not yet clear whether MSM find community-based testing more acceptable than clinic-based testing. This article reports the views of potential service users (MSM), comparing acceptability ratings of traditional venues [sexual health service clinics and general practitioners’ (GP) surgeries] with commercial and non-commercial community-based venues, through a cross-sectional study conducted in Glasgow, Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-961
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health
Issue number9
Early online date16 May 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008


  • syphilis testing
  • HIV testing
  • sexual health

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