170375 - Syphilis and Hepatitis C Update
Australia is experiencing an ongoing outbreak of infectious syphilis and is aiming to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030. This course will focus on case finding, testing, management and treatment of syphilis and hepatitis C. Strategies to increase STI testing will also be discussed.Relevance to General Practice
Targets set within Australia’s Fourth National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy (2018 – 2022) include reducing the prevalence of infectious syphilis, eliminating congenital syphilis and increasing STI testing coverage in priority populations. Through strengthening syphilis testing, treatment and management and integrating this as part of routine primary health care, general practitioners can play a crucial role in striving to meet the targets of Australia’s National STI Strategy.
Unrestricted access to highly curative direct-acting antiviral medications for the treatment of hepatitis C supports Australia to work towards the World Health Organizations (WHO) global targets for hepatitis C elimination as a public health threat by 2030. Participants who attend this course will learn how to interpret HCV test results and diagnose hepatitis C appropriately and describe new treatment guidelines and mechanisms for prescribing in consultation with, or without a specialist.