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Most states and territories in Australia have adopted the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) of the Canadian Problem Gambling Index as the standard measure of problem gambling in their prevalence studies and research programs. However, notwithstanding this attempted standardisation, differences in sampling and recruitment methodologies and in some cases(More)
BACKGROUND 'TESTme' is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) screening service for Victorian young people living in rural areas. We evaluated the effectiveness of advertising for this service over an 11-month pilot period. METHODS The advertising that was used included websites, a Facebook page, posters, flyers, business cards, wrist bands and(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the risk-adjusted temporal trend of gonorrhea and chlamydia positivity and associated risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending a sexual health clinic in Melbourne in Australia. METHODS Gonorrhea and chlamydia positivity by anatomical site adjusted for year of test, age, number of sexual partners, and condom(More)
An investigation was done of the evidence for transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from an HIV-positive man to several male and female sex contacts. Phylogenetic analysis of sequences from the gag and env genes showed a close relationship between the predominant virus strains from the source and 2 contacts. However, the likelihood that a(More)
Partner notification is crucial to the effective control of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and has not changed substantially over recent years. New technology for communication has been rapidly adopted in our communities but little work has been carried out about its role in contact tracing. Text messaging, emails and the Internet could be useful(More)
BACKGROUND Genital chlamydia is the most commonly notified sexually transmissible infection (STI) in Australia and worldwide and can have serious reproductive health outcomes. Partner notification, testing and treatment are important facets of chlamydia control. Traditional methods of partner notification are not reaching enough partners to effectively(More)
This audit was carried out in August 2003 and examined HIV notification data in Victoria. We aimed to determine the proportion of partners reported as being traced from newly diagnosed HIV individuals, the type of contact tracing used and identify the number of HIV cases newly diagnosed from contact tracing. We compared men who have sex with men (MSM) with(More)
The primary outcome was to determine the acceptability of the Internet, specifically a website for use in standard partner notification. A secondary objective was to determine if a website would enhance the outcomes of currently used partner notification methods. In a randomized control trial, 105 participants diagnosed with chlamydia and non-gonoccocal(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)
Little is known about problem gambling in older adults, particularly when gambling problems only commence late in life. Knowledge of pathways to later life problem gambling can assist prompt and effective interventions for vulnerable older adults. This study builds on a generic Pathways Model. It proposes routes to problem gambling for individuals aged 55(More)