Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs 2015

Year published: 
2015
Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs 2015
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Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs 2015 - slide set
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Description: 

Each year, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program collaborates with the Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health on the “Bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Surveillance and Evaluation Report”.

This surveillance report provides information on the occurrence of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia for the purposes of stimulating and supporting discussion on ways forward in minimising the transmission risks, as well as the personal and social consequences of these infections within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The report is produced in a format that is recognised as appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and communities, and is overseen by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Advisory Committee.

Key findings: 
  • A total of 1,081 notifications of newly diagnosed HIV infection were reported in 2014 including 33 which were identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
  • A total of 10,621 cases of newly diagnosed hepatitis C infection were reported in Australia in 2014; 877 (8%), occurred among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 3,379 (32%) were among the non‑Indigenous population and a further 6,365 (60%) cases for which Indigenous status was not reported.
  • There were a total of 6,635 notifications of newly diagnosed hepatitis B infection in Australia in 2014; of these, 164 (2%) were among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2,247 (34%) were among the non‑Indigenous population and a further 4,224 (64%) notifications for which Indigenous status was not reported.
  • Chlamydia continued to be the most frequently reported notifiable condition in Australia in 2014. There were a total of 86,136 notifications in 2014, 6,641 (8%) were among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 25,365 (29%) were among the non‑Indigenous population and Indigenous status was not reported for 54,130 (63%) notifications.
  • In 2014, the infectious syphilis notification rate in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population was 4 times higher than the non‑Indigenous population (32 vs. 8 per 100,000 population) increasing to 300 times higher in remote areas.

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