Second National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2010 - 2013

6.2.3 A response to trichomonal infection

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Data suggest that trichomonal infections are endemic in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. While it is usually asymptomatic in men, this readily treatable infection causes under-reported, localised genital symptoms in women and is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and increased risk of transmission of HIV.46 The development of testing treatment guidelines for trichomonas based on a literature review is supported. Targeted interventions will also be considered to reduce the burden of this infection in remote communities. The literature review will also make recommendations on developing an evidence base around this infection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in urban areas.

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46 Schultz R, Read AW, Straton JA, Stanley FJ & Morich P, ‘Genitourinary tract infections in pregnancy and low birth weight: case control study in Australian Aboriginal women’, British Medical Journal, 1991; 303; pp. 1369–1373.