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

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SHINE SA,  July 31, 2019 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 –...

STIs in remote Australia

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ABC Health Report, Monday 18 March 2019 5:45 PM Leading Aboriginal researcher Associate Professor James Ward* is calling for action in remote Australia to deal with a preventable epidemic of sexually transmissible infections — including syphilis — in a population that’s no more sexually active than non-Indigenous people of the same age.   He joined Dr Norman Swan’s Health Report on ABC RN...

Understanding U=U for women living with HIV

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ICASO, September 2018 Since its announcement, Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) has become a call to action to assert that when someone living with HIV has an undetectable viral load they cannot transmit HIV. Additionally, the U=U message is evolving to challenge notions of HIV infectivity, vulnerability and stigma. The science behind the U=U message provides the evidence that we can...

HIV diagnoses hit seven year low: Australia’s annual HIV figures released

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Kirby Institute, UNSW, Monday, 24 September 2018 Australia has recorded its lowest level of HIV diagnoses in seven years, according to a new report from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. The report, released at the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference in Sydney, found that there were 963 new HIV diagnoses in 2017, the lowest number since 2010. Researchers are attributing the promising results...

The time for action on Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus has arrived: An open letter to WHO

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Australasian Society for HIV Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), 10 May 2018 ASHM has joined the call by leading Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus 1 (HTLV-1) researchers, clinicians and patients to take action on HTLV-1 by signing an open letter to the WHO, published in an abbreviated form in The Lancet. The letter calls on the WHO to support the promotion of proven, effective...

‘People are scared’: the fight against a deadly virus no one has heard of

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Guardian Australia, Tue 24 Apr 2018 14.52 AEST An Aboriginal woman – we’ll call her B – is sitting in a dry creek bed outside her community and telling the world “this is a very bad disease. But we have to talk in a way not to shame people. Not telling them straight out. Telling them gently and quietly.” B is talking about a sickness that has killed her family member and is a potential tragedy...

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