Six-question risk score can identify HIV-positive gay men needing testing for acute hepatitis C

nam/aidsmap, 5th June 2017

Six questions can identify HIV-positive gay men who are at elevated risk of having acute (recent) hepatitis C infection and who would benefit from further testing, according to a paper published in Eurosurveillance last week. The risk score was based on data from a Dutch cohort and has been validated with separate datasets from Belgium, the Netherlands and England.

The six questions in the risk score concern self-reported behaviours:

  • Condomless receptive anal intercourse in the past six months (score 1.1)
  • Sharing of sex toys in the past six months (score 1.2)
  • Fisting without gloves in the past six months (score 0.9)
  • Injecting drug use in the past 12 months (score 1.4)
  • Sharing of straws to snort drugs in the past 12 months (score 1.0)
  • An ulcerative sexually transmitted infection in the past 12 months (score 1.4)

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Syphilis Outbreak in Northern South Australia

SA Health, Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB),15/5/17

The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) has been closely monitoring infectious syphilis notifications in South Australia in light of a multi-jurisdictional outbreak of syphilis occurring across northern Australia. It appears that this outbreak has spread to South Australia, with sustained transmission occurring in Port Augusta, and there is the potential for spread to other regions of South Australia.