The COUNT study is designed to provide robust estimates of the prevalence of HIV and undiagnosed infection among gay and bisexual men and identify factors associated with undiagnosed infection. An earlier version of the study was conducted in 2013-14. During 2018, participants of the Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey are being asked to provide oral fluid specimens for HIV testing.
The samples are sent to the National Reference Laboratory for processing and testing. Participants can provide a sample anonymously or opt to receive their test result (by SMS or phone). Test results will be provided to consenting participants within a month. The data will be used to estimate the level of undiagnosed HIV among gay and bisexual men in New South Wales, to identify risk factors that can be targeted in HIV prevention programs, and to assess progress in meeting targets in the New South Wales HIV Strategy.
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- What if I want to withdraw from the research study?
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