P168 Data analysis of a self-completed questionnaire for patients within a men-having-sex-with-men clinic

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Abstract

Introduction

The questionnaire was created to discover the characteristics of the MSM population attending a clinic dedicated to their sexual health needs. It covered reasons for attendance, risk factors for sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses transmission and usage of post-exposure prophylaxis and pre-exposure prophylaxis. The data would be used for adaptation of the clinic.

Methods

The questionnaire was given to clinic attendees for a 75 day period in 2016 and kept anonymous by a unique client number. The collated data was analysed and reproduced in graph and table form for categories split into reason for attendance.

Results

Acceptability of the questionnaire was high at 99.2%. The data analysis showed a large asymptomatic client population (57%) attending the clinic for sexual health screening. For contacts of infection, HIV and gonorrhoea were the most prevalent. For STI and BBV infection risk factors, 15% of clients did not use condoms, while 49% of clients did not know a sexual partner’s HIV status. Use of PEP was low but showed a majority using it since 2015, while there were 5 users of PrEP.

Discussion

The study showed a majority low-risk MSM population using the dedicated clinic. The survey has influenced clinic redesign with the introduction of test-only clinics for the low risk cohort. However the clinic may not be seeing the high-risk patients who would benefit from senior medical input rather than just a sexual health screen. Data showing usage of PEP and PrEP has given a baseline for comparison in future studies.

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