Journal article

Could sexually transmissible infections be contributing to the increase in HIV infections among men who have sex with men in Australia?

Melanie G Middleton, Andrew E Grulich, Ann M McDonald, Basil Donovan, Jane S Hocking, John M Kaldor

SEXUAL HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To review existing data on sexually transmissible infections (STI) in men who have sex with men in Australia in order to determine the possible contribution of STI to diverging trends in HIV notifications in different states. METHODS: We reviewed data from multiple sources, including routine national surveillance data, laboratory surveillance data, self-reported information on STI testing in men who have sex with men and ad hoc reports of STI prevalence. RESULTS: We found increasing rates of gonorrhoea and infectious syphilis notifications in urban men in Australia between 1997 and 2006, and increasing rates of chlamydia notifications in men aged 30-49 years. There was little dif..

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