Glossary

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Term Definition
Mandatory Testing

Refers to situations where people may not either participate in certain activities or access certain services unless they agree to be tested.

MBS

Medicare Benefits Schedule 

NAT

Nucleic acid tests

NATA/RCPA

National Association of Testing Authorities/Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

NHMRC

National Health and Medical Research Council 

NPAAC

National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council 

NPEP

Non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis

NPV

Negative predictive value: the probability that a person with a negative test result is truly disease-free

NRL

National Serology Reference Laboratory, Australia

NSP

Needle and syringe program

Occupational Exposure

An exposure that may place an employee at risk of HIV infection through percutaneous injury

PCR

Polymerase chain reaction – a technique by which nucleic acid (cell genetic material) is amplified to detect the presence of particular and specific nucleic acid sequences 

PEP

Post-exposure prophylaxis

PLHIV

People living with HIV

PoC

Point-of-care testing

 

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