This World Hepatitis Day, medical practitioners are asked to consider regular liver check-ups as a standard part of care for people living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, just as they would check blood pressure and cholesterol in people at risk of heart attack or stroke. This simple approach could save many lives.
Hepatitis Australia today also launched its Hepatitis Report Card, which can be viewed at its microsite, Liver Danger Zone
Aged Care Workers & HIV After clear and strong demand from the Aged Care sector, ASHM has released a 12-page, easy-to-understand resource for Aged Care Workers about HIV and Ageing.
New National Strategies launched in Melbourne The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has welcomed the launch of the new National Strategies by the Health Minister the Hon. Peter Dutton. These address HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses and STIs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Read ASHM's press release.
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society have released the Hepatitis B Patient and Clinical Practice Survey report. This study investigated hepatitis B knowledge and experience of hepatitis B clinical management in liver clinics and general practice among people living with chronic hepatitis B.
has a new webpage describing the recent
to change to the PBAC scheme, specifically the removal of CD<500 requirement
for ART. There you will find resource and links
with updated information about increasing the uptake of HIV testing and
ASHM members report-back from CROI 2014 The 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was recently held in Boston, Massachusetts. ASHM members that attended CROI 2014 have reported-back on various
sessions, so that you can brush up on the new research presented there,
even if you didn't attend. Visit ASHM's
report-back site www.ashm.info to
read all the posts from CROI 2014. You can also access the full broadcast of presentations from CROI.
ASHM updates PEP Guidelines for HIV exposure ASHM has released new post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guidelines for exposure to HIV. The updated guidelines combine non-occupational and occupational HIV exposure in a single document for the first time. A checklist for use in clinical settings is also included as part of the update. The National Guidelines and Checklist are available from www.ashm.org.au/pep-guidelines
Hepatitis B Mapping Project The Hepatitis B Mapping Project is a joint initiative of ASHM and VIDRL, funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. The project will produce a comprehensive understanding of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Australia using data that will help to inform awareness and intervention campaigns to suit the particular local needs of people living with CHB and those providing services to them.
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