New Clinical Practice Guidelines, September 2017

John Anello; Brian Feinberg; Richard Lindsey; Cristina Wojdylo; Olivia Wong, DO; Yonah Korngold; John Heinegg. Sam Shlomo Spaeth


September 15, 2017

In This Article

HIV Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men

Guidelines on HIV screening for men who have sex with men by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[13]

  • CDC concludes that the evidence, programmatic experience, and expert opinions are insufficient to warrant changing the current recommendation of annual screening for men who have sex with men (MSM) to more frequent screening (every 3 or 6 mo).

  • Providers in clinical settings should offer HIV screening at least annually to all sexually active MSM.

  • Clinicians can also consider the potential benefits of more frequent HIV screening (eg, every 3 or 6 mo) for some asymptomatic sexually active MSM based on their individual risk factors, local HIV epidemiology, and local policies.

  • For MSM who are prescribed preexposure prophylaxis, HIV testing every 3 mo and immediate testing whenever signs and symptoms of acute HIV infection are reported is indicated.

  • MSM who experience a specific high-risk sexual exposure or have symptoms of recent HIV infection should seek immediate HIV testing, and clinicians should be alert for the symptoms of acute HIV infection and provide appropriate diagnostic testing.

For further reading, see HIV Testing Overview