In[ter]view: SHINE SA’s Dr Amy Moten

Verse magazine, Edition 18, September 2017

This edition we talked to Amy, SHINE SA’s Medical Educator, who is answering all your questions when it comes to the ‘what’s this’ and ‘how do I check that’ of sex.

  1. How often should people who are sexually active get tested?

You should have a test when symptoms of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) are first noticed or if a sexual partner is diagnosed with an STI or has symptoms of an STI. Even if you have no symptoms STI screening is recommended for any new sexual contact. Annual screening for people under 30 is recommended, but you can have a test every 3 months if you think you may be at higher risk.

 

FPAA’s statement opposing the global removal of funding to reproductive services

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA), 27 January 2017

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) opposes the Global Gag Rule, reinstated by US President Trump on Monday 23 January 2017, which prohibits international organisations from receiving US Aid if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services.

This action will set a global agenda in restricting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive and sexual health services. Marie Stopes International has estimated that without US funding, the loss of services during Trump’s first term, between 2017 and 2020, would result in:
– 6.5 million unintended pregnancies
– 2.2 million abortions
– 2.1 million unsafe abortions
– 21,700 maternal deaths

SHine SA is a member of the FPAA and a signatory to this media statement.

 

News from Brisbane: HIV notifications fallen, rapid STI testing starting

  • HIV notifications drop by 30 per cent in Metro North and South

Brisbane Times, Oct 31 2016

New HIV notifications have dropped 30 per cent in the first six months of this year in the Metro North and South areas, compared to the previous five-year average.

The results, detailed in the latest HIV Foundation Queensland annual report, show the state records among the best results in the nation.

Read more here 

  • Revolutionary STI diagnostic technology to be evaluated in Brisbane

HIV Foundation Queensland,  01 Nov 2016

Rapid 90 minute testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea will soon be implemented by the RAPID peer-led HIV and syphilis testing program.

The innovative testing technology, known as GeneXpert™, has shown to improve regional sexual health services in remote Australian communities and will now be adopted to support urban community programs.

Adoption of rapid STI testing will enable full STI screening for men who have sex with men, and other target populations at risk with results delivered within hours of taking the tests. By being able to rapidly diagnose a wider range STIs the pilot program carries the potential for transforming the delivery of sexual health services within the Brisbane community.

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Evidence Check Review for STI Interventions

Sax Institute for the Centre for Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health, October 2015

This Evidence Check Review reports on the effectiveness of interventions which aim to reduce the transmission of three Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs): chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.
This rapid review was commissioned by the Centre for Population Health, New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health and the Sax Institute to inform the development of the NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2016–2020.
The focus of this review is on the effectiveness of interventions aiming to reduce the transmission of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) in different settings. Consistent with the developing NSW STI strategy, this review focuses on interventions in relation to testing, treatment, partner notification and prevention of re-infection of three priority STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis), in five priority settings (primary health care; sexual health services; Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services; antenatal services; and services for young people) for five priority populations (gay and other men who have
sex with men (MSM); gay men living with HIV; young people aged 16–29 years; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people involved in sex work).
The review was also tasked with identifying evidence for the effectiveness of interventions in additional settings (including but not limited to drug and alcohol services, emergency departments, mental health services and correctional services).

Substantial evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of interventions is identified. There are wide variations in the level of resources which are required, with the more expensive interventions not always shown to be the most effective.

Download document (PDF) here

“Trans Men Need the Competent Fertility Care I Never Got”

Advocate, March 09 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted children. For most of my life, I thought that I would carry my child, but those feelings changed shortly after I came out as a trans man and started taking testosterone.

Producing a genetically related child was still important to me, but I was no longer able to see myself carrying a pregnancy. After discussing all of our options, my wife, Caroline, and I decided that the closest we would ever get to creating another human together would be to fertilize my eggs with donor sperm and to then implant the embryo into Caroline for her to carry the baby.

Now after the process I am left with psychological pain from my memories of being treated like a disease that one might catch, and my fear of this happening every time I see a new doctor.

Read more here

New Agreements Finalised for HIV Services [in SA]

Media Release
SA Health, 6 May 2015

Contracts for services supporting South Australians living with or at risk of HIV have been finalised with three new HIV programs to commence on 1 July 2015.

Professor Paddy Phillips Acting Chief Public Health Officer SA Health, said the new programs will ensure people living with HIV are at the forefront of the HIV response in South Australia.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“The HIV and STI prevention program will provide critical prevention education on HIV and access to on-site clinical sexual health services, including, in time, rapid HIV testing.

“The program will be delivered by a consortium partnership between Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and SHine SA.

“HIV services provided also include a targeted STI and BBV (blood borne virus) prevention program for sex workers as well as individualised support programs for people with HIV,” Professor Phillips said.

“Our program targeting sex workers will be delivered by Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, and SA Sex Industry Network (SA SIN), while Centacare Catholic Family Services will provide individualised care and support for people with HIV.

“A community advisory group will be established to advise the consortium partners on program development and delivery and the transition process from the current to the new program.

“In late 2014 we initiated a public tender process for three new service contracts for a three year period with a one year extension option.

“Following a competitive tender process, preferred suppliers were identified and we look forward to working with each successful provider in delivering high quality and integrated HIV prevention and support services to our community.

“We will work with both the new suppliers and current service providers while transition occurs to ensure essential services are maintained through this process.”

SHine SA Chief Executive, Jill Davidson said that SHine SA is looking forward to the
opportunity to deliver vital health and education services through the HIV and STI
prevention program.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with SA Health, the VAC and the
community advisory group to improve health outcomes and awareness of HIV for
South Australians,” Jill Davidson said.

Downland PDF of medial release here 060515 – Media Release – NEW AGREEMENTS FINALISED FOR HIV SERVICES