Evidence Lacking on Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

American Academy of Family Physicians, July 06, 2016 03:30 pm

In 2010, physicians performed more than 60 million pelvic examinations in the United States. And although this is a common element of physical exams, it remains unclear whether performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic women significantly affects disease morbidity or mortality.

On June 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) tackled this issue by posting a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

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On World Hepatitis Day it’s time to talk about HIV and hepatitis C

National Association of people with HIV Australia, July 28 2016

On World Hepatitis Day, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the Kirby Institute and Hepatitis Australia are raising awareness about HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection.

An estimated 3,000 Australians are living both with HIV and HCV. HCV is more prevalent among people with HIV than in the broader population and is a major risk for health complications in people with HIV. HIV worsens hepatitis C-related liver disease, fastens the progression to cirrhosis, and leads to higher rates of death from both liver failure and liver cancer.

  • Read more by downloading document (MS Word) here: WHDMRFINAL
  • Access NAPHWA’s website here
  • Access Hepatitis SA’s website here
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Home HIV tests coming to Australia

The Age, 24 July 2016

An HIV test that can be purchased without a prescription could soon be available in Australia, allowing people to privately get a result within 15 minutes.

CEO of Australian company Atomo Diagnostics, John Kelly, said he was hoping Atomo would become the first to sell HIV tests directly to consumers in Australia.

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HIV Point of Care Testing (Rapid Testing) in SA

SA Health, July 2016

Point of care (POC) testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is quick and convenient, providing results in 20 minutes rather than the next day. Some people refer to point of care testing as ‘rapid testing’.

HIV POC testing is now available in South Australia through a 12 month, Commonwealth funded demonstration project.

  • To find out details of where & when rapid tests are available, click here
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Relationships & Sexual Health Program for workers in CALD/multicultural services

SHine, July 2016

Do you work with culturally and linguistically diverse / multicultural communities?

Do you want to be confident speaking about sexual health with your clients?

Do you want to understand how sexual health affects the overall health of your clients?

If so, then the Relationships & Sexual Health Program is for you.

This course provides you with opportunities to explore your attitudes towards sexual health and relationships education. You will gain the skills to be better placed to support your clients to make sense of their sexual health. This is a great opportunity for professional development and networking. It is important that workers promote and support the sexual and reproductive health of their clients as well as reducing the barriers to improved sexual and reproductive health.

Who would benefit from this course? Youth workers; sexual health workers; CALD health workers; reproductive and sexual health service providers; domestic violence workers; settlement workers; allied health workers; anyone who works with CALD communities.

A further optional day includes assessment which allows you to apply for a sexual health focused competency that may contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Community Services.

WHEN: 5, 12 & 19 September 2016
WHERE: SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
TIME: 9am – 5pm
COST: $399 (Student Concession: $199 / Early Bird Concession: 10% off if registered 2 months ahead)

Sexuality & Sexual Health/Culture
Sex & the Law
Cultural Sexual Violence
Sexual Diversity
Anatomy & Physiology
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Contradictions of Pleasure & Culture
Client Stories
Attitudes to Sex & Sexuality
Female Genital Mutilation

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