New health service to detect STIs
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.