Trends in HIV incidence between 2013–2019 and association of baseline factors with subsequent incident HIV among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men attending sexual health clinics in England: A prospective cohort study

PLoS MedicineHanum N, Cambiano V, Sewell J, et al. | June 21, 2021

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Researchers investigated time trends in and factors linked with HIV incidence between 2013 and 2019 among a cohort of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM): the AURAH2 prospective study. They enrolled a total of 1,162 men (mean age 34 years, 82% white, 94% gay, 74% university-educated) in the study. Findings revealed a substantial decline in HIV incidence among GBMSM attending sexual health clinics during this time period. They indicated a strong association of Injection drug use, chemsex use, and measures of high-risk sexual behavior with incident HIV. For achieving progress towards zero new infections, they suggest continuing combination HIV prevention including Test and Treat strategies and routine commissioning of a PrEP program across the UK and reaching all at-risk populations.

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