Sexual health services for South Asians in London, UK: A case-control study

Shema Tariq*, S. G. Edwards, A. Nalabanda, H. Ward, E. Allen, K. Fenton, D. Mercey, G. Sethi

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    National guidance on sexual health in England recommends service development to meet the specific needs of ethnic minority populations. Our aim was to evaluate mode of referral, number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed, and the offering and uptake of HIV testing in patients of South Asian ethnicity. A retrospective case-control study was undertaken in two London genito-urinary (GU) medicine clinics. There were 250 case-control pairs with approximately equal numbers of men and women. South Asians were less likely to have an STI (Odds ratio [OR] 0.66, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.45, 0.97) or to report risk factors for HIV (OR 0.45, 95% CI 0.28, 0.71). Offering and uptake of HIV antibody testing were high in both South Asian and non-South Asian groups (OR 0.62, 95% CI 0.27, 1.51). South Asians were significantly more likely than controls to have been referred by other medical services rather than self-referred (OR 2.00, 95% CI 1.32, 3.01), which is in keeping with poorer access to GU medicine services in London.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)563-564
    Number of pages2
    JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007


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