Uptake of Testing for HIV and Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Baltimore, Maryland: 2004–2011

Maria A. Said, Danielle German, Colin Flynn, Sabriya L. Linton, David Blythe, Laura A. Cooley, Alexandra B. Balaji, Alexandra M. Oster

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Baltimore are at disproportionately high risk for HIV and syphilis infection. Testing and diagnosis are important first steps in receiving treatment and reducing transmission. We analyzed cross-sectional data collected in 2004–2005, 2008, and 2011 among MSM not reporting a previous positive HIV test (n = 1268) in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System to determine the proportion of men tested for HIV and/or syphilis within the previous 12 months and examine the extent to which opportunities for testing were being missed in health care settings. Within the previous 12 months, 54 % of men had received an HIV test; 31 % had received a syphilis test; and only 23 % of men had received testing for both. Among 979 men who did not receive both tests, 72 % had seen a health care provider in the past year, suggesting missed testing opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2036-2043
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Baltimore
  • HIV infections/diagnosis
  • HIV infections/epidemiology
  • Homosexuality, Male

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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