Point of care and oral fluid hepatitis B testing in remote Indigenous communities of northern Australia
Richard P Sullivan, Jane Davies, Paula Binks, Roslyn Gundjirryiir Dhurrkay, George Garambaka Gurruwiwi, Sarah Mariyalawuy Bukulatjpi, Melita McKinnon, Kelly Hosking, Margaret Littlejohn, Kathy Jackson, Stephen Locarnini, Joshua S Davis, Steven YC Tong
Journal of Viral Hepatitis | WILEY | Published : 2019
Many Indigenous Australians in northern Australia living with chronic Hepatitis B are unaware of their diagnosis due to low screening rates. A venous blood point of care test (POCT) or oral fluid laboratory test could improve testing uptake in this region. The purpose of this study was to assess the field performance of venous blood POCT and laboratory performance of an oral fluid Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test in Indigenous individuals living in remote northern Australian communities. The study was conducted with four very remote communities in the tropical north of Australia's Northern Territory. Community research workers collected venous blood and oral fluid samples. We perform..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
This study was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (project grants No. 1060811 and No. 1156722, fellowships to SYCT (No. 1145033, No. 1065736), JSD (No. 1160331) and JD (No. 1123427) and an unrestricted grant from Gilead. Funders played no role in the study design, the analysis or the decision to publish.