Human papillomavirus vaccination and genital warts in young Indigenous Australians: national sentinel surveillance data
Hammad Ali, Hamish McManus, Catherine C O'Connor, Denton Callander, Marlene Kong, Simon Graham, Dina Saulo, Christopher K Fairley, David G Regan, Andrew Grulich, Nicola Low, Rebecca J Guy, Basil Donovan
The Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program (available to girls and women [12-26 years] since 2007 and to boys [12-15 years] since 2013) on the number of diagnoses of genital warts in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) people. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: Analysis of routinely collected data from patients attending 39 sexual health clinics (SHCs) in the Genital Warts Surveillance Network for the first time.Major outcome: The average annual proportion of Indigenous and non-Indigenous SHC patients diagnosed with genital warts during the pre-vaccination (2004-2007) and vaccination periods (2008-2014), stratified b..View full abstract
The Genital Warts Surveillance Network receives funding from Seqirus (formerly bioCSL) and the Australian Department of Health. Hammad Ali, Rebecca Guy and Basil Donovan are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council fellowships. Simon Graham is supported by a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship and by the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne. We acknowledge the staff members of the clinics that provided data for this study. Site investigators for Genital Warts Surveillance Network clinics include: Eva Jackson (Nepean and Blue Mountains Sexual Health and HIV Clinics), Darren Russell (Cairns Sexual Health Clinic), Emanuel Vhalkis (Coffs Harbour and Grafton Sexual Health Clinics), Manoji Gunathilake (Clinic 34, Alice Springs and Darwin), Alison Nikitas (Murrumbidgee and Southern NSW Sexual Health Services), Maree O'Sullivan (Gold Coast Sexual Health Service), Debbie Allen (Hold Street Clinic), Nathan Ryder (Hunter New England Sexual Health Clinics), Katherine Brown (Illawarra and Shoalhaven Sexual Health Clinics), David Smith (Lismore and Tweed Heads Sexual Health Services), Yoges Paramsothy (Liverpool and Campbelltown Sexual Health Clinics), Christopher Fairley (Melbourne Sexual Health Centre), Cheryn Palmer (Princess Alexandra Hospital Sexual Health Clinic), Stephen Davies (Clinic 16, Royal North Shore Hospital), Catherine C. O'Connor (RPA Sexual Health Clinic), Anna McNulty (Sydney Sexual Health Centre), Arun Menon (Townsville Sexual Health Services), and David Lewis (Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre).