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Medscape -Factors Associated With Refusal of Rapid HIV Testing in an Emergency Department

Factors Associated With Refusal of Rapid HIV Testing in an Emergency Department. AIDS and Behavior. 2011;15(4):734-742. © 2011 Springer

Mind the gaps

Date: 26 September 2011; Summary: Presentation from David Baker from East Sydney Doctors at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2011 (23rd Annual ASHM Conference) in Canberra from the 26- 28 September 2011

Mind the Gaps - undiagnosed HIV, lost-to-follow up and undertreated HIV in Australia

Date: 26 September 2011; Summary: Presentation from Mark Stoove from the Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2011 (23rd Annual ASHM Conference) in Canberra from the 26- 28 September 2011

Motivations for and barriers to HIV testing in Australia

In March 2011, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University prepared this report to support the revision of the National HIV Testing Policy 2006, in particular the section on pre- and post- test discussions.

National Hepatitis C Testing Policy May 2007

Date: May 2007 This Testing Policy has been developed as a concise source of standardised currently available information to assist government, health professionals, industry, people living with hepatitis C, and the community in general, about matters associated with hepatitis C testing.

National HIV Testing Policy 2006

The 2006 testing policy maintains and reinforces the guiding principles of successive National HIV/AIDS Strategies since 1989. This policy addresses Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV). It also includes for the first time: an offer of routine testing to all women antenatally; changes to terminology from pre and post-test counselling to ‘pre and post test discussion’; and an outline of the ethical responsibilities of health care workers performing exposure prone procedures.

Next Steps

Date: November 2008 This booklet details how the virus affects your body, offers advice on how to manage your life as an HIV positive person and provides suggestions on how to make decisions around treatments, sex, telling people and your legal rights.

Notification of infection diseases under the public health act 1991

Jurisdiction: NSW Health Date: 2006 Lists the diseases to be notified under the Public Health Act 1991 and the notification procedures.

Point-of-care testing of HbA1c and blood glucose in a remote Aboriginal Australian community

This study assessed the accuracy of point-of-care (POC) measurements of capillary blood glucose and glycosylated haemoglobin (H POC capillary HbA1c testing. Result indicate that POC capillary glucose results should be confirmed by a laboratory test of venous plasma if the results are likely to significantly influence clinical decisions.

Rapid HIV tests: guidelines for use in HIV testing and counselling services in resource- constrained settings

This document reviews the characteristics of rapid HIV tests which make them suitable for HIV testing and counselling services and discusses practical aspects of their use. Consideration is given to counselling issues, the advantages of rapid tests and the precautions necessary in using them. Testing algorithms for the use of rapid tests and current WHO recommendations are presented. Although rapid HIV tests have been developed which use saliva and urine, this document concentrates on tests involving the use of whole blood, serum or plasma.

Requirements for Laboratory Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Third Edition 2013)

This article defines requirements for Laboratory testing of Antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Note: Original article cannot be found so added this temp one instead, please confirm new link [National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Requirements for Laboratory Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Second Edition 2009)]

Screening for Acute HIV Infection: Lessons Learned

Screening for Acute HIV Infection: Lessons Learned. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2007; 44:459–61. Stekler and colleagues report cases involving 3 individuals tested for acute HIV infection to describe unusual situations in acute HIV testing and to illustrate the importance of risk assessment in the interpretation of HIV test results.

State and Territory HIV Organisations and Services

Date: July 2009; Referral and contact details for HIV organisations

Targeted HIV testing program finds thousands of new patients

27 June 2011 A three-year effort to test for HIV in hospital emergency rooms, drug treatment centers, venereal disease clinics and other places with high-risk populations identified about 18,000 new infected people and enrolled three-quarters of them in treatment, federal officials said Thursday.

The Analytical Quality of Point-of-Care Testing in the ‘QAAMS’ Model for Diabetes Management in Australian Aboriginal Medical Services

This paper provides updated evidence for the analytical quality of the POCT in the QAAMS Australian Government-funded Quality Assurance for Aboriginal Medical Services Program. The median imprecision for point-of-care (POC) HbA1c and urine ACR quality assurance (QA) testing has continually improved over the past six and half years, stabilising at approximately 3% for both analytes and proving analytically sound in Aboriginal hands.

The Importance of Giving up Smoking for People Living with HIV

Date: December 2010; This factsheet is designed to inform people living with HIV (PLHIV) of the particular impact smoking can have on your health, and provide you with some tools to assist you in giving up and remaining ‘smoke free’ for the rest of your life

The Lancet Infectious Diseases - Head-to-head comparison of accuracy of a rapid point-of-care HIV test with oral versus whole-blood specimens: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 12, Issue 5, Pages 373 - 380, May 2012 See commentary on Medscape - Rapid Oral HIV Test Has Disadvantages

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners standards for general practice (4th Edition)

The RACGP Standards are developed by the profession for the profession and provide a template for quality care and risk management in Australian general practice.

UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008

These guidelines provide the information needed to enable any clinician to perform an HIV test within good clinical practice and encourage ’normalisation‘ of HIV testing. This guidance refers to both diagnostic testing of individuals presenting with ‘clinical indicator diseases’ (i.e. where HIV infection enters the differential diagnosis) and opportunistic screening of populations where this is indicated on the basis of prevalence data. We also include an appendix on the provision of community-based HIV testing (Appendix 3).

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