Trends in STI testing and positivity in priority populations in Australia
- Research Opportunity
- Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Project Status
- Medical Education
|Ms Carol El-Hayek|
|Assoc Prof Mark Stoove|
In the last decade, communicable disease notification systems have seen a dramatic increase in the number of notifications for chlamydia and several other STIs. Higher prevalence is commonly seen in populations that have higher sexual risk practices (such as men who have sex with men, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Sex Workers). It is important to monitor rates of STI testing and positivity in these priority populations, as well as the general population, in order to identify emerging patterns and trends in STI epidemiology.
The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Blood Borne Viruses (ACCESS) project is a sentinel surveillance system that monitors STI testing and positivity in a range of priority populations. This project will use existing data collected in the ACCESS project to explore STI testing and positivity in priority population and identify factors which are associated with both testing and positivity. This project will involve quantitative data analysis of data collected through the ACCESS project.
Data analysis will involve analysis of data collected through either laboratories or general practices and sexual health clinics, and supplemented with behavioural data collected in some states. Data analysis will involve calculation of testing and positivity rates for a range of STIs and factors associated with these (such as age, gender and other relevant characteristics) in priority populations (including men who have sex with men, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Sex Workers).
School Research Themes
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