Australian Management Guidelines for STIs in primary care
The Australasian Sexual Health Alliance has released for the first time, Australian Management Guidelines for STIs in primary care, which are available at: www.sti.guidelines.org.au
. The guidelines cover a range of topics including populations and situations for asymptomatic screening recommendations, syndromes for guidance about managing specific clinical scenarios and to STIs for specific management of a diagnosed infection.
Do you have Chronic Hepatitis B?
The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) has released multi-lingual posters, showing key facts about Chronic Hepatitis B. This resource was produced by ECCQ with funding from Queensland Health.
Download the Do you have Chronic Hep B Poster now in English
Hep C Drugs Now on PBS
GPs can now prescribe Hepatitis C medications, following consultation with an appropriate specialist. This consultation process can be by various methods, but GPs should be mindful that the Privacy Principles are maintained when sharing patient information. Information for health professionals is available in the Fact Sheet Hepatitis C Medicines for Community Based Prescribers
A new drug that can treat all forms of hepatitis C with an expected success rate of 90 per cent, known as Epclusa®, is being subsidised by the Australian Government, and from August 1, is now on the PBS, costing $38.80 per month (or $6.90 for concession) instead of $20 000 per treatment. It is expected that more than 200 000 people will benefit from this drug. Find out more
HIV Medicare Ineligible People Fact Sheet Update
Queensland Positive People have produced a fact sheet for Medicare Ineligible People accessing their HIV treatment and care in Queensland
. The fact sheet explores avenues for obtaining HIV treatment for people without Australian Medicare Cards – such as accessing generic medicines online, compassionate access programs, or clinical trials (where available). The fact sheet also discusses Australia’s Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements, personal importation of medicines, and how to access HIV medical treatment and care within Queensland.