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Syphilis Is Still Out There: What Clinicians Need to Know

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SHINE SA, Posted on November 25, 2021 An ongoing infectious syphilis outbreak has spread across Australia’s states and territories leading to an endemic level in some areas. The outbreak was first reported among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote northern Australia in 2011. Clinicians are now encouraged to have a high clinical suspicion for syphilis in all population...

Continuing declines in HIV diagnoses thanks to successful PrEP rollout in NSW

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 Kirby Institute at UNSW, Friday July 2nd, 2021 New research from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney shows that HIV transmissions are at historically low rates among almost 10,000 high-risk gay and bisexual men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the HIV prevention medication. Low HIV rates persisted after PrEP moved from being available cost-free as part of a NSW clinical trial, to being...

Respect Me + You, Is Your Syphilis Check Up Due? (New Campaign)

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May 2021 The Respect Me + You, Is Your Syphilis Check Up Due? Campaign has now launched! This campaign was originally conceived by Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), and was adapted as a collaboration with SHINE SA in 2020. The campaign is a response to the rise in syphilis infections in South Australia which has been particularly devastating for Aboriginal communities. It is a...

Experts are worried more STIs are going round undetected because of COVID

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ABC News, 28th April 2021 The initial stats were looking good: that sexually transmissible infection (STI) rates have dropped during the pandemic, thanks to things like lockdown and social distancing. But new research from the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and University of Sydney suggests that might only be a short-term thing, and that rates of undetected STIs could be a lot higher than we...

Auckland Sexual Health Service ‘lacks resources’ to fight syphilis outbreak

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Stuff NZ, By Stephen Forbes / 09:10, Nov 12 2020 Auckland Sexual Health Service’s Dr Sunita Azariah says a lack of resources is hampering its ability to contact trace and control the spread of syphilis. And according to Azariah, in areas like south Auckland it is growing due to poverty and poor access to healthcare. According to the Ministry of Health in New Zealand syphilis has been...

HIV in Australia 2021: infographics

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AFAO, December 1st, 2020 Each year, AFAO develops the ‘HIV in Australia’ summary of the latest key HIV data and stats. The latest summary has just been released. Key points: Rapid uptake of PrEP, in combination with treatment as prevention, has led to declines in HIV notifications among Australian-born gay and bisexual men. Across the last six years, there has been a 44% decrease in HIV...

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