Table 1 Demographics and testing history of men who have sex with men (MSM) by year (HIV sentinel surveillance), 1 April 2004 to 31 August 2005
VariableCategoryPre-campaign period, 1 Apr 2004 to 31 Dec 2004Post-campaign period 1 Jan 2005 to 31 Aug 2005p Value*
n (%)n (%)
Age group10–1915 (0.8)5 (0.3)0.34
20–29448 (24.8)407 (24.9)
30–39702 (38.9)607 (37.1)
40–49434 (24.1)417 (25.5)
50–59138 (7.7)131 (8.0)
60+55 (3.1)50 (3.1)
Missing/unknown11 (0.6)17 (1.0)
Total1803 (100.0)1634 (100.0)
Country/region of birthAfrica25 (1.4)28 (1.7)0.75
America32 (1.8)34 (2.1)
Asia122 (6.8)104 (6.4)
Australia1405 (77.9)1255 (76.8)
Australasia/Oceania†61 (3.4)57 (3.5)
Europe46 (2.6)46 (2.8)
UK/Ireland62 (3.4)71 (4.3)
Missing/unknown50 (2.8)39 (2.4)
Total1803 (100.0)1634 (100.0)
Timing of last negative HIV test<6 months357 (19.8)340 (20.8)0.12
6–12 months411 (22.8)336 (20.6)
1–3 years573 (31.8)534 (32.7)
>3 years186 (10.3)187 (11.4)
No previous test119 (6.6)82 (5.0)
Missing/unknown157 (8.7)155 (9.5)
Total1803 (100.0)1634 (100.0)
  • *Missing and unknowns excluded from the analysis.

  • †Including New Zealand but excluding Australia.