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High rates of undiagnosed infection in gay men in Melbourne

High Rates of Undiagnosed HIV Infections in a Community Sample of Gay Men in Melbourne, Australia. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2012;59:94–99 In this study, Pedrana et al found almost a third of HIV-positive men were unaware of their HIV status,and of these men, a large proportion engaged in high-risk behaviors.


HIV and STIs Testing Services at WAAC – an Overview

A summary of the services provided by WAAC, specifically the M Clinic, a new HIV and STIs testing service for gay and other MSM. The model of care provided by this clinic helped to inform the review and inclusion of point of care testing into the 2011 National HIV Testing Policy.

HIV Antibody Testing by Laboratories in NSW

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 The document states current policy on testing for HIV including the changes arising from Medical Benefits Schedule listing of HIV antibody testing in November 2005. Issues covered include the principles for HIV testing, the HIV testing classification, authorisation of laboratories to perform standard testing, reference testing, the role of medical practitioners and registered nurses, confidentiality and payment.

HIV Australia. Volume 9 Number 1

Virus in the system: keeping watch on the health of Australia’s prisons This issue of HIV Australia focuses on blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) within the prison system. Contributors examine surveillance and management of STIs, BBVs and other health issues in Australian correctional facilities, identifying current successes and gaps – particularly in relation to communities that are disproportionately affected.

HIV on the Frontlines of Communities in the U.S. (HIV FOCUS) The Bridge Project Logic Model

This logic model describes a project from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and their key partner agencies - Brothers Health Collaborative (BHC), Beyond Care, MADE and the Chicago Department of Public Health. The project aims to: improve community health planning and population health status, decrease the number of undiagnosed Individuals and the number of late diagnosis of HIV and to ensure more HIV clients are linked to services.

HIV Result Giving. Is it time to change our thinking?

Study assessed the number of patients who returned for HIV test results to Royal Prince Alfred Sexual Health Clinic in Sydney, Australia, and predictors of return. It concludes that the current NSW Health policy is failing to achieve high levels of HIV post-test discussion. For many patients, giving results by telephone may be a more appropriate strategy to ensure HIV post-test discussion.

HIV results: practice at public sexual health clinics in New South Wales

New South Wales (NSW) Health guidelines recommend all HIV results be given in person, however this practice fails to achieve high levels of result collection. This paper recommends that NSW guidelines require revision to allow clinicians to determine the most effective and efficient mode of HIV result delivery to their patients.

HIV transmission, HIV testing, policy and practice

Date: 27 September 2011; Summary: Presentation from Levinia Crooks, Chief Executive Officer of ASHM on the launch of the Testing Portal at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2011 (23rd Annual ASHM Conference) in Canberra from the 26- 28 September 2011

HIV treatment can be HIV prevention

The U.S. AIDS epidemic is at a turning point. It’s been there before, first during the Reagan administration, which hoped to ignore AIDS but was shaken up by celebrity deaths and such courageous public servants as Dr. C. Everett Koop. Then, in the mid-’90s, drugs were developed that made HIV a manageable disease, but Food and Drug Administration approval lagged science until patients took to the streets.

Information for Heterosexual People Living with HIV

Date: January 2010; This fact sheet is designed to provide you with some basic information, to tell you where to find out more, and let you know where to go for support.

Information on adherence and hints to help manage your HIV medications

Date: July 2009; Information on adherence and hints to help manage your HIV medications

Informed Consent and HIV

A summary of best practice and a checklist of key features to include in a discussion to gain informed consent for those carrying out HIV testing. (PDF, 83 KB)

Interpreting hepatitis B serology: Recommended wording for national laboratories to report hepatitis B diagnostic test results

A resource to be used as a guide by pathology providers, with recommendations for best practice  nterpretive comments when reporting results for hepatitis B serology

Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Infected Health Care Workers Policy

Jurisdiction: ACT Health Date: 1999 This policy has been developed with reference to other Australian State and Territory Health Department guidelines, as well as the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) recommendations. These recommendations state that health care workers undertaking exposure prone procedures should be aware of their infectious status in regard to blood borne diseases.

Medscape - A Review of Medical Errors in Laboratory Diagnostics

A Review of Medical Errors in Laboratory Diagnostics and Where We Are Today 2012;43(2):41-44. © 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology Sections: Abstract and Introduction; Quality Standards; Sources of Laboratory Error; Analytical Error; Pre-analytical Error ; Post-analytical Error; Monitoring Errors; Incident Reporting in Laboratory; Diagnostics &Conclusion

Medscape - Advances in HIV Testing: What Clinicians Need to Know

CDC Expert Commentary Advances in HIV Testing: What Clinicians Need to Know. Video and written commentary

Medscape - Parsing the Value of HIV At-Home Testing

Dr Paul Sax from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, on 13 July 2012, talks about the use of rapid HIV testing on oral fluid at home. At-home testing was approved in the United States in July 2012, by the Food and Drug Administration.

Medscape - Rapid Oral HIV Test Has Disadvantages

Medscape Medical News Rapid Oral HIV Test Has Disadvantages. Commentary on finding by two authors on PPV of rapid oral fluid test for HIV.

Medscape - Replacement of Conventional HIV Testing With Rapid Testing

Replacement of Conventional HIV Testing With Rapid Testing: Mathematical Modelling to Predict the Impact on Further HIV Transmission between Men.  Sex Transm Infect. 2011;87(7):588-593. © 2011 BMJ Publishing Group. Australian data.

Medscape - Willingness to Take a Free Home HIV Test

Willingness to Take a Free Home HIV Test and Associated Factors Among Internet-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care. 2011;10(6):357-364. © 2011 Sage Publications, Inc.

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