New health ser­vice to de­tect STIs

The Weekend Post - - News -

WUCHOPPEREN Health Ser­vice has launched a new test for sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

As part of their new Gen­ex­pert test­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the Far North indige­nous health ser­vice will be able to de­tect both chlamy­dia and gon­or­rhoea with a sim­ple point of care urine test.

These tests will take 90 min­utes, al­low­ing clients to be tested and have treat­ment on the same day, as op­posed to wait­ing days for test re­sults.

The rapid Gen­ex­pert test­ing re­duces the risk of the STIs be­ing passed on while clients are wait­ing for their re­sults, and it also re­duces the chance of not be­ing able to get in touch with a client once the re­sults are in.

In Cairns and Hin­ter­land Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice in 2017-18, the rate of no­ti­fi­ca­tions of gon­or­rhoea in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der res­i­dents was 10.1 times the rate ob­served in non-indige­nous res­i­dents, and the rate of no­ti­fi­ca­tions of chlamy­dia was 4.5 times the rate ob­served in non-indige­nous res­i­dents.

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