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Syphilis Testing Among HIV-Positive MSM

Clin Infect Dis; ePub 2018 Jul 7; de Voux, et al

Nearly one-third of sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) who are HIV positive were not tested annually and many at increased risk were not tested at recommended frequencies, a new study revealed. Using medical record and interview data from the Medical Monitoring Project (2013-2014), researchers evaluated the proportion of MSM who had documentation of being tested for syphilis by their HIV care provider in the past 3, 6, and 12 months. They found:

  • During the study period, 71% of sexually active HIV-positive MSM were tested for syphilis in the past year.
  • This proportion was higher among MSM at elevated risk (75% among men reporting condomless sex; 77% among men reporting ≥2 sex partners in the past 12 months).
  • 49% of MSM who reported condomless sex were tested in the past 6 months and 26% in the past 3 months.
  • These percentages for testing were similar among MSM reporting ≥2 sex partners.


de Voux A, Bernstein K, Bradley H, Kirkcaldy RD, Tie Y, Shouse RL, Medical Monitoring Project. Syphilis testing among sexually active men who have sex with men and who are receiving medical care for HIV in the United States—Medical Monitoring Project, 2013–2014. [Published online ahead of print July 7, 2018]. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciy571.

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