Rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and sexually transmissible infection control in remote Australia: can they improve Aboriginal people's and Torres Strait Islanders' health?

Ward, James, Guy, Rebecca, Huang, Rae-Lin, Knox, Janet, Couzos, Sophie, Scrimgeour, David, Moore, Liz, Leahy, Tim, Hunt, Jenny, Donovan, Basil, and Kaldor, John M. (2012) Rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and sexually transmissible infection control in remote Australia: can they improve Aboriginal people's and Torres Strait Islanders' health? Sexual Health, 9 (2). pp. 109-112.

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Abstract

[Extract] Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests conducted at the time of the patient visit have the potential to improve treatment and management of curable sexually transmissible infections (STI) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities, STI remain an important and long-standing public health issue. They are associated with serious sequelae including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and systemic disease, are are particularly prevalent in remote communities. In 2009, chlamydia and gonorrhoea notification rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were very high at 2620 and 2252 per 100 000 population in 2009.

Item ID: 25326
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1449-8987
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 04:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110324 Venereology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
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