National Prison Entrants Bloodborne Virus & Risk Behaviour Survey

Date Commenced:
2004
Project Status
Ongoing
Expected Date of Completion:
Ongoing
Project Supporters

State and territory contributions

Currently recruiting
No
image - Kirby Logo On White 72

About the Project

Project Collaborators: External

Justice Health NSW

Justice Health Victoria

ACT Corrections Health

NT Correctional Services

Queensland Health

SA Prison Health Service

Tasmanian Correctional Primary Health Services

WA Corrective Services

Prisoners are at an extreme risk of contracting bloodborne viruses due to engagement in risk behaviours that can result in exposure to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. These behaviours include: injecting drug use and sharing contaminated injecting equipment, amateur tattooing, and violence. To this end, it is important that these infections be monitored in this at risk population group. 

The triennial prevalence survey of bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections, and health risk behaviours in Australian prison entrants provides ongoing information on the prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea.z2185283

Rationale

Prisoners are an at risk population for contracting bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.  

Aims

Monitor the prevalence of bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections among Australian prison entrants.

Design & Method

Consecutive survey of new prison receptions over a two week period.

Progress/Update

Survey completed in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Benefits

Provides important information that is incorporated into all of the national communicable diseases strategies.

Output

Survey report. 

Other Investigators

Professor Michael Levy (ACT Corrections Health); Dr Devon Indig (Justice Health NSW); Kiah McGregor, Simon Stafford, and Robyn Hopkins (NT Correctional Services); Dr Alun Richards and Stacy Kambouris (Queensland Health); Dr Peter Frost and Karen Harlin (SA Prison Health Service); Dr Chris Wake and Deborah Siddall (Tas Correctional Primary Health Services); Fiona MacFarlane and Michele Gardner (Justice Health Victoria); and Holly Beasley (WA Corrective Services).

Project Subtitle
Enter Keywords
Project Members
image - 1338431618 Tony Butler
Professor and Program Head
Ph 02 92892928

Project Contacts

Related Projects