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Annual Surveillance Report 2017

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Key points from the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia Annual Surveillance Report 2017

  • Gonorrhoea and syphilis are increasing while HIV is stable for the fifth year in a row.
  • the biggest increases in gonorrhoea rates are in young, urban heterosexuals
  • The HIV notification rate is rising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people while decreasing in the non-indigenous Australian born population. 
  • Asian born MSM were disproportionately diagnosed with HIV in 2016
  • Over 30 000 people were cured of hepatitis C last year
  • 63% of people living with chronic hepatitis B in Australia were diagnosed in 2016. Only 17% were receiving care and 7% were receiving treatment.
  • Rates of STIs in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population compared to non-indigenous populations: gonorrhoea (7 times as high), infectious syphilis (5 times as high) and chlamydia (3 times as high)
  • The number of newly diagnosed hepatitis B cases has halved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the past five years but has remained stable in non-indigenous populations
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