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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 9(2)

Rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and sexually transmissible infection control in remote Australia: can they improve Aboriginal people’s and Torres Strait Islanders’ health?

James Ward A I , Rebecca Guy A , Rae-Lin Huang B , Janet Knox A , Sophie Couzos C D , David Scrimgeour E , Liz Moore F , Tim Leahy G , Jenny Hunt H , Basil Donovan A and John M. Kaldor A

A Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
B Nganampa Health Council, PO Box 2232, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia.
C National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, PO Box 5120, Braddon, ACT 2612, Australia.
D James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811, Australia.
E Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, PO Box 981, Unley, SA 5061, Australia.
F Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance, Northern Territory, PO Box 1624, Darwin, NT 0804, Australia.
G Notre Dame University, School of Medicine, PO Box 1225, Fremantle, WA 6959, Australia.
H Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales, PO Box 1565, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, Australia.
I Corresponding author. Email: jward@kirby.unsw.edu.au

Sexual Health 9(2) 109-112 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH11051
Submitted: 19 March 2011  Accepted: 26 June 2011   Published: 13 April 2012


 
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