Pop it up! The suitability and acceptability of community-based pop-up sexual health screening for men who have sex with men


Kevin Turner
Sexual health advisor, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bournemouth has one of the highest rates of HIV in the UK, rising from 2.79 per 1000 in 2011 to 3.08 per 1000 in 2014, where localised outbreaks of syphilis and gonorrhoea are also prevalent among men who have sex with men (MSM). A diverse community associated with high rates of partner change and complex, hard-to-reach sexual networks [1].
Historically, the focus of public health interventions has been towards reducing onward transmission through earlier diagnosis and treatment of both sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV [2]. However, an emphasis has now been placed on the availability of community-based screening programmes in order to increase testing coverage [3] particularly among identified most-at-risk populations (MARPs).