Ms Thilini Padeniya – Mathematical modelling to explore the role of the female-sex-worker-client interaction for gonorrhoea transmission and prevention among Australian heterosexuals

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Seminar
Event date: 
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: 
Free
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Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Ms Thilini Padeniya  

Ms Thilini Padeniya
PhD Student, Biostatistics and Database Program, Kirby Institute

Thilini Padeniya is a PhD student with the Biostatistics and Database Program, Kirby Institute. In her thesis, she assessed the role of the female-sex-worker-client interaction for gonorrhoea transmission and prevention among Australian heterosexuals and the impact of vaccinating female sex workers on the incidence of gonorrhoea in heterosexuals, using mathematical modelling.

 

Abstract

Gonorrhoea notifications have been increasing among young Australian heterosexuals since 2009 and the reasons for this are unclear. Gonorrhoea incidence has also increased in female sex workers (FSW) since 2009. Previous studies indicate that condom-use among FSW and their clients declined from 2009–2017, mainly for oral sex and a high proportion of infections in heterosexual males arise from condomless oral sex with FSW. Thus, we hypothesise that an increase in condomless sex by FSW and their clients may have contributed to the rising incidence of gonorrhoea among heterosexuals in Australia.

In my thesis, mathematical modelling is used to explore whether decreasing condom-use among FSW and their clients may be a contributing factor to increasing notifications, and to evaluate the potential impact of providing gonorrhoea vaccination for FSW in gonorrhoea incidence.

 

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