NICE public health guidance
Issued: March 2011
PH34

Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/ph34

Introduction

The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed infection and prevent transmission among men who have sex with men.

The guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men. This includes those working in local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It may also be of interest to men who have sex with men and are at risk of HIV infection, or who are living with HIV, and other members of the public.

The guidance complements NICE guidance on increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black African communities living in England and there is some overlap between the two sets of recommendations.

People with an interest in increasing the uptake of HIV testing among both groups should refer to both pieces of guidance. For details of related NICE guidance see section 7.

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of a review of the evidence, economic modelling, expert advice, stakeholder comments and fieldwork.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B.

Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

This guidance was developed using the NICE public health intervention process.