1.12 HIV/AIDS, hepatitis & sexually transmissible infections

This measure reports on the rate of notified sexually transmissible and bloodborne virus infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, non-congenital syphilis, newly acquired hepatitis C, newly acquired hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

The bacterial sexually transmissible infections included in this measure are notified cases of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and non‑congenital syphilis. These infections can have potentially serious consequences if left untreated. Hepatitis causes serious illness and can also progress to cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and premature death (ASHA 2016). Sexually transmissible infections can have serious long‑term consequences (Bowden et al. 2002). Several of these infections can cause miscarriage (Campbell et al. 2011).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System data, provided by the Office of Health Protection, Department of Health, on behalf of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia
  • National HIV Registry

References

  • ASHA (Australasian Sexual Health Alliance) 2016. Hepatitis C—Australian STI Management Guidelines 2016. Sydney: ASHA. Viewed 29 May 2017.
  • Bowden F, Tabrizi SN, Garland SM & Fairley CK 2002. MJA practice essentials—infectious diseases Chapter 6: Sexually transmitted infections: new diagnostic approaches and treatments. The Medical Journal of Australia 176:551–7.
  • Campbell S, Lynch J, Esterman A & McDermott R 2011. Pre‑pregnancy predictors linked to miscarriage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in north Queensland. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 35:343–51.