Francis J Bowden

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By sequencing a total of 2089 bp of the 16S rRNA and phoE genes it was demonstrated that Calymmatobacterium granulomatis (the causative organism of donovanosis) shows a high level of identity with Klebsiella species pathogenic to humans (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis). It is proposed that C. granulomatis should be reclassified as(More)
BACKGROUND Nocardia species are aerobic Gram-positive bacteria that are ubiquitous in the environment. Infection usually occurs through inhalation or direct cutaneous inoculation of the organism. It has been reported that infection is more common in warm, dry climates. Cerebral nocardiosis is an uncommon clinical entity, representing only 2% of all cerebral(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesise that text-messaging and financial incentives would increase tertiary student participation in chlamydia screening. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted over two phases on eight tertiary campuses during 2007. During Phase 1 (6 months) study activities were advertised through student organisations and media. Education and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine practices of general practitioners' (GPs) in relation to partner notification for chlamydia and identify the supports they would find most useful to assist them. GOAL To identify innovative resources that could improve partner notification for chlamydia in primary care. STUDY DESIGN A postal survey was undertaken that involved GPs(More)
BACKGROUND Partner notification for patients diagnosed with chlamydia is a strategy recommended to interrupt transmission of infection, and patients are commonly encouraged by health practitioners to contact their sexual partners themselves. Few studies, however, have ascertained the psychosocial impact of the chlamydia diagnosis and its effect on partner(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine by systematic review the prevalence of genital chlamydial infection in Australia between 1997 and 2004. METHODS Electronic literature databases, reference lists, and conference proceedings were searched and health agencies and jurisdictions were contacted for published and unpublished reports. Studies were eligible if they offered(More)
BACKGROUND Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is an emerging sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is potentially associated with reproductive tract sequelae in women. This study aimed to estimate MG incidence and treatment failure and provide estimates of organism load in infection. METHODS 1110 women aged 16-25 years were recruited from primary care clinics(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether asking general practitioners to offer chlamydia screening at the same time as Pap screening increases chlamydia screening rates. DESIGN A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING Doctors from 31 general practices in the Australian Capital Territory performing more than 15 Pap smear screens(More)
BACKGROUND To determine prevalence and incidence of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and risk factors in young sexually-active Australian women. METHODS 1093 women aged 16-25 years were recruited from primary-care clinics. Participants completed 3-monthly questionnaires and self-collected vaginal smears 6-monthly for 12-months. The primary endpoint was a Nugent(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the partner notification experiences of individuals diagnosed with chlamydia and to determine what supports might best assist them. GOAL To determine what supports might best assist chlamydia infected individuals to notify their partners. STUDY DESIGN A telephone survey was undertaken with men and women recently diagnosed with(More)