Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs 2016

Year published: 
2016
Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs 2016
(13.18 MB)
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 1,025 notifications of newly diagnosed HIV were reported in 2015 including 38 (4%) which were identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
  • A total of 10,790 cases of newly diagnosed hepatitis C infection were reported in Australia in 2015; 929 (9%) were among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 3,442 (32%) were among the non‑Indigenous population and there were a further 6,419 (59%) cases where Indigenous status was not reported.
  • There were a total of 6,502 notifications of newly diagnosed hepatitis B infection in Australia in 2015, of these 221 (3%) were among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2,211 (34%) were among the non‑Indigenous population, and there were a further 4,070 (63%) notifications for which Indigenous status was not reported.
  • Chlamydia was the second most frequently reported notifiable condition in Australia in 2015. There were a total of 66,033 notifications, 6 532 (9%) were among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 25,508 (39%) were among the non‑Indigenous population, and Indigenous status was not reported for 33,993 (51%) notifications. Data for 2015 for Victoria were unavailable at the time of reporting.
  • There were a total of 2,736 infectious syphilis notifications nationally in 2015, with 433 (16%) among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2,043 (75%) among the non‑Indigenous population, and a further 206 (8%) notifications for which Indigenous status was not reported.
Additional documents: 
ATSIP_2016-Aboriginal-Surveillance-Report_Slideset.pptx
(1.04 MB)

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