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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 11(4)

Could point-of-care testing be effective for reducing the prevalence of trichomoniasis in remote Aboriginal communities?

Ben B. Hui A C , James Ward A B , Louise Causer A , Rebecca J. Guy A , Matthew G. Law A and David G. Regan A

A The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
B Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia.
C Corresponding author. Email: b.hui@unsw.edu.au

Sexual Health 11(4) 370-374 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH14035
Submitted: 17 February 2014  Accepted: 15 July 2014   Published: 21 August 2014

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High prevalence of trichomoniasis is reported for many remote Indigenous communities despite intensive screening and treatment programs. Mathematical modelling has previously been used to show that point-of-care (POC) testing for gonorrhoea and chlamydia has the potential to increase the impact of screening in reducing the prevalence of these sexually transmissible infections. The study was extended to estimate the impact of a rapid POC test for trichomoniasis. The results suggest that POC testing in place of conventional testing will also provide additional reductions in trichomoniasis prevalence. However, more emphasis should be placed on testing for trichomoniasis in older women due to the high prevalence observed in this group.


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