Community Vs. hospital HIV testing sites in Jerusalem, Israel-who's tested and who's at risk?

Dor Atias, Hagai Levine, Hila Elinav, Michele Haouzi-Bashan, Yotam Lior, Zohar Mor

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Abstract

Background: After decades of constant increase in HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM), a gradual decrease has been reported in recent years. Timely detection of HIV leads to early treatment and behavioral changes which decrease further transmissions. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess demographic and behavioral characteristics of individuals who were tested for HIV in Jerusalem, Israel. Methods: This study compared individuals who were tested at Hadassah AIDS Center (HAC) with those tested at the Jerusalem Open House (JOH)- A n LGBTQ community center. Participants completed anonymous questionnaires regarding their demographic, HIV-testing history, and sexual behaviors. High-risk sexual behavior (HRSB) was defined as a diagnosis of sexually transmitted disease or condomless anal/vaginal sex during the last year. Results: Among 863 participants, 104 (12.1%) were tested in HAC and 759 (87.9%) in JOH. Of those, 19 (18.3%) and 227 (29.9%) were HRSB, respectively. Two MSM were tested positive in JOH. JOH received more MSM, HRSB and individuals who were previously tested for HIV, while HAC received more migrants and health-care workers. HRSB-participants were more commonly younger, males, non-Jewish, with lower income, previously tested for HIV, reported more sexual partners, payed for sex or used drugs. Conclusions: MSM and HRSB-individuals were more likely to be tested in JOH, while migrants and health-care workers in HAC, possibly due to the geographic location, reputation and specific atmosphere. In order to encourage HIV-tests among HRSB and non-Jews, additional interventions should be employed, including outreach activities, extending opening hours and reducing testing costs should be employed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Gays
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Migrants
  • Primary prevention
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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