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ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
STI testing; take home messages
Sophie Flavell and John White spoke about STI testing and screening.
Important take home messages for me in this session were:
- don’t forget that for MSM with high risk behaviour Hep C is sexually transmitted ie make sure you include it in STI screen in high risk populations
- consider using doxycycline 200mg as a stat dose as PEP for chlamydia and syphilis (70% reduction in infections)
- pooled testing (3 samples in one pot)for chlamydia/gonorrhoea NAAT is currently not funded but saves money and will form part of the future in STI testing