Increased screening for syphilis and HIV in SA – new advice for clinicians (video)

SHINE SA,  

SHINE SA have released a short video resource for health professionals providing advice on the current syphilis outbreak in South Australia.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It presents a serious public health issue as it causes harm to the developing foetus and increases the transmission and acquisition of HIV.

The 5 minute video SA Syphilis Outbreak – Advice for Clinicians urges health professionals to be aware that syphilis is increasing rapidly in SA and that there is a need to respond with increased screening.

Hepatitis A in MSM

SA Health / SHINE SA, October 2017

An increase in the number of notifications of hepatitis A has been reported in New South Wales amongst men who have sex with men (MSM). It is suspected that these infections are associated with a recent outbreak overseas amongst MSM in Europe and the Americas.

Key prevention messages:

  • Vaccination is the most effective form of prevention against hepatitis A infection. To receive the vaccine, contact your health care provider to arrange an appointment.
  • Follow good personal hygiene practices, especially thorough hand washing and safe sexual practices.
  • People with hepatitis A are excluded from work for 7 days after the onset of jaundice (if present) or 2 weeks from the onset of illness.

A factsheet and 2 videos of different lengths have been developed.

Dr Alison Ward, Senior Consultant Sexual Health Physician, Head of Unit, STD Services, Clinic 275 (RAH), discusses the importance of vaccination against Hepatitis A for men who have sex with men (MSM) (3:08 Minutes)

Dr Alison Ward, Senior Consultant Sexual Health Physician, Head of Unit, STD Services, Clinic 275 (RAH), discusses the importance of vaccination against Hepatitis A for men who have sex with men (MSM) (47 seconds)

FACTS NOT FEAR: a free forum on undetectable viral load

SAMESH is pleased to invite you – community members, clinicians, sector workers, anyone who may be interested – to their community forum, FACTS NOT FEAR: A forum on undetectable viral load.

 Join our panel of experts and community members to discuss the latest science about undetectable viral load and its role in preventing onward transmission of HIV, and to hear personal perspectives from People Living With HIV on how their experience of intimacy and relationships has been transformed.  There will be presentations and opportunities for questions and answers.

Panel members include:

Professor Mark Boyd

  • Chair of Medicine, Lyell McEwin Hospital, University of Adelaide
  • Principal Research Fellow, SAHMRI
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Kirby Institute UNSW Australia
  • President, Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, AIDS Research and Therapy

 Dr Carole Khaw

  • Consultant Sexual Health Physician, Clinic 275, SASSHS, Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide

 Specially invited Community members

  • Speaking of their personal experiences

Free Event

6.PM – 7.30 PM, Thursday 28 September 2017,  57 Hyde ST, Adelaide

~ Light refreshments provided: a selection of cheeses, wine and juices ~

 

Upcoming free community forum: PrEP_SA_NOW!

SAMESH,  April 2017

There has been a lot of community interest in the PrEPX-SA trial. You are invited to an upcoming community forum where a distinguished panel of experts and community members involved in the field will discuss PrEP, a powerful new tool to prevent HIV and the upcoming PrEPX-SA study.

The panel will include:

  • Associate Professor Edwina Wright (Alfred Health)
  • Professor Steve Wesselingh (SAHMRI)
  • Dr Charlotte Bell (Clinic 275)
  • Community membersWHEN: THURSDAY APRIL 27 6 PM – 7.30 PM

    WHERE: 57 HYDE STREET

    FREE – RSVP via email here

 

HIV prevention study to commence in SA April 2017

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Monday, 27 February 2017

South Australians at a high risk of acquiring HIV will have the opportunity to benefit from the latest HIV prevention medication through a new partnership.

Following the announcement of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) access trial late last year, Victoria’s Alfred Health has been chosen to partner with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), SA Health and local clinics for the study to begin in April.

“We want to include people from culturally and linguistically diverse populations and Aboriginal people so that these communities are not adversely affected by HIV,” Professor Wesselingh said.

 

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