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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 10(2)

Is rectal gonorrhoea a lead indicator of HIV transmission among men who have sex with men in Victoria, Australia?

Anna L. Wilkinson A B E, Megan S. C. Lim A B, Mark Stoové A, Christopher K. Fairley C D, Marcus Chen C D, Carol El-Hayek A, Ian Denham C and Margaret Hellard A

A Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia.
B Department of Epidemiolgy and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia.
C Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia.
D School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic. 3052, Australia.
E Corresponding author. Email: awilkinson@burnet.edu.au

Sexual Health 10(2) 188-189 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH12145
Submitted: 27 August 2012  Accepted: 31 August 2012   Published: 21 December 2012

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Objectives: To examine whether rectal gonorrhoea (RG; Neisseria gonorrhoeae) can be used as a lead indicator of trends in HIV diagnosis in men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: Data from a metropolitan sexual health centre in Victoria, Australia, on RG and HIV tests in HIV-negative MSM from January 2006 to December 2011 were examined. Results: Allowing RG a 12-month lead over HIV showed no concordance in proportion positive (r = 0.27; P-value = 0.28). Conclusions: The data do not support use of RG trends as a lead indicator of trends in HIV among MSM.

Additional keywords: gay men, surveillance, trends.


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