Decreased Management of Genital Warts in Young Women in Australian General Practice Post Introduction of National HPV Vaccination Program: Results from a Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional General Practice Study
Christopher Harrison, Helena Britt, Suzanne Garland, Lynne Conway, Alicia Stein, Marie Pirotta, Christopher Fairley
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014
OBJECTIVES: Since the introduction of Australia's human papillomavirus vaccination program, the management rate of genital warts in sexual health clinics and private hospitals has decreased in women of vaccine-eligible age. However, most genital warts in Australia are managed in general practice. This study examines whether a similar decrease occurred in Australian general practice after the introduction of the program. METHODS: Analysis of a nationally representative cross-sectional database of Australian general practice activity (1,175,879 patient encounters with 11,780 general practitioners). Genital warts management rates were estimated for the periods before and after introduction of t..View full abstract
The BEACH project between 2000 and 2012, on which this study was based, was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Prescribing Service, AstraZeneca Pty Ltd (Australia), Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd, Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd, Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd, Wyeth Australia Pty Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd, Roche Products Pty Ltd, BioCSL Pty Ltd, Bayer Australia Ltd. L. Conway and A. Stein (of BioCSL Pty Ltd) were involved in the question development, decision to publish and review of manuscript but had no role in the study design, or data collection and analysis. No other funders had any role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.