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'Super gonorrhoea' resistant to all routine antibiotics

Super gonorrhoeaTwo people in Australia have been diagnosed with the “super gonorrhoea” infection recently reported for the first time, which has highlighted growing concerns about antibiotic overuse.

Two people in Australia have been diagnosed with the “super gonorrhoea” infection recently reported for the first time, which has highlighted growing concerns about antibiotic overuse. A Queensland Health spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed two cases of gonorrhoea resistant to multiple antibiotics were detected in the past month; one in Queensland and one in Western Australia.

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New birth control pill for men

Birth Control PillA new birth control pill for men appears to be safe when used daily for a month, with hormone responses consistent with effective contraception, study researchers say.

 A new birth control pill for men appears to be safe when used daily for a month, with hormone responses consistent with effective contraception, study researchers say. Their study results, in 83 men, will be presented Sunday at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago, Ill.

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HIV PrEP available on PBS in Australia

PrEpThe Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt has announced a landmark decision in HIV prevention in approving HIV-prevention drugs – tenofovir with emtricitabine, known as PrEP – on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from 1 April, thereby providing broader access for any doctor or general practitioner to be able prescribe PrEP to an Australian resident who holds a current Medicare card.

 "The public health benefits are clear, undeniable and transformative benefiting individuals at medium — to high-risk of HIV infection and towards driving a substantial reduction in HIV transmissions in Australia,” said ASHM President, Associate Professor Bloch. “With this announcement of public subsidy – now is the time to support transition from more controlled clinical trial environments to real-world broad access,” continued Dr Bloch referring to the successful rollout of demonstration PrEP trials that have over two years recruited more than 14,000 participants across Australia."

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PAP tests are changing

PAP is changingThe Australian Government is planning to change the National Cervical Screening Program. The current screening program was developed in 1991 and we now know a lot more about cervical cancer.

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Australia's gonorrhoea rise

gonorrhoea superA new report by the Kirby Institute, shows that Australia's gonorrhoea rise of 63% has been driven by urban heterosexuals. The report shows a 99% rise in notification rates in major cities, a 15% rise in regional areas and an 8% fall in rural areas.

The data is revealed in the annual surveillance report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections, released by the Kirby Institute in Sydney on Monday.

The report shows there were 23,887 new diagnoses of gonorrhoea in 2016, with about three quarters of them in men. Between 2012 and 2016, gonorrhoea notification rates increased from 62 per 100,000 people to 101 per 100,000 people. Rates increased by 72% in men and 43% in women.

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