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Barriers to accessing HIV and sexual health services among gay men in Tasmania, Australia

Lea, T, Anning, M, Wagner, S, Owen, L, Howes, F and Holt, M 2019 , 'Barriers to accessing HIV and sexual health services among gay men in Tasmania, Australia' , Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, vol. 31, no. 2 , pp. 153-165 , doi: 10.1080/10538720.2019.1567427.

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Abstract

We examined barriers to accessing HIV and sexual health services among gay and bisexual men (GBM) in Tasmania, Australia, using in-depth interviews. Most participants were satisfied with the care they had received at public sexual health services. Barriers included the limited number of services, concerns about anonymity and privacy in small communities, difficulties accessing services via a general practitioner, and perceived stigma and discrimination. Improving the accessibility and availability of HIV and sexual health services in Tasmania is crucial to promote the engagement of GBM, which could be achieved via combined efforts of government services and community organizations.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lea, T and Anning, M and Wagner, S and Owen, L and Howes, F and Holt, M
Keywords: men who have sex with men, HIV, sexually transmissible infections, health service access, testing, treatment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1053-8720
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10538720.2019.1567427
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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