Hepatitis B testing infographic now available

Hepatitis NSW, October 2017

With the increasing visibility of hep B, Hepatitis NSW felt there was a need to make information about hep B testing clearer. It can be a complex subject to grapple with and there’s lots of misinformation and confusion out there.

This hep B testing infographic aims to give both doctors and patients a clearer understanding of what tests to do as well as what the test results mean. On one side, we have an explanation of what the tests results mean which a doctor can use to explain a person’s results. On the other side, we have the reminder for the doctor to test the 3 key hep B tests. It’s really important to get all three done at once.

The aim is for people to take this infographic with them when they go and see their doctor about hep B testing – whether that’s checking their immunity, seeing if they’ve ever been exposed, or seeing if they have a hep B infection.

People can also call the Hepatitis SA Infoline on 1800 437 222 for further information.

  • Download infographic in English, Korean or Mandarin here 

Vaccine for Meningitis Shows Some Protection Against Gonorrhea

New Zealand Family Planning

Some strains of the bacterium that cause gonorrhoea are now resistant to all available antibiotics. With no new drugs on the near horizon, the disease is in desperate need of a vaccine.

Our research, published in the Lancet medical journal this week, shows that protection against gonorrhoea could come from an unexpected source – a vaccine against meningococcal group B disease.

 

 

 

‘Shock and kill’ therapy offers fresh hope for HIV cure, researchers say

PBS Newshour, December 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST

A new small-scale human trial of the promising “shock and kill” treatment is starting this week in New York and two sister sites, in Germany and Denmark. 

Another small human study will start in January, followed by a larger human shock and kill trial in June.

The HIV research community is increasingly optimistic about this approach to eradicating HIV from infected patients. Such removal of all traces of the virus from an individual’s body would represent an actual cure.

Read more here

HIV vaccine research: Adelaide team achieves ‘glimpse in right direction’

ABC News, 21.11.16

Progress toward vaccinating people against HIV infection has been announced by Adelaide researchers.

A team from the University of Adelaide and the Basil Hetzel Institute at Adelaide’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital used a combined vaccination approach, researcher Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk explained.

  • Read more here
  • Access article in Nature Scientific Reports (open access) here

HIV Therapy May Also Lower Risk for Hepatitis B, Study Says

Medline Plus, October 12, 2015

Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart that virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says.

“What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV from acquiring hepatitis B infection,” study senior author Dr. Chloe Thio said.

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Window of vulnerability for STIs to infect human female reproductive tract

Science Daily, March 16, 2015

A comprehensive review of the role of sex hormones in the geography of the female reproductive tract has been presented by researchers, with evidence supporting a “window of vulnerability” to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Read more here