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Screening for STIs in individuals with HIV infection
  1. N A Lister1,
  2. C K Fairley1,
  3. T Read2,
  4. A Mijch3
  1. 1Department of Public Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2Carlton Clinic, 88 Rathdowne Street, Carlton 3053, Australia
  3. 3HIV Services, Alfred Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Vic 3181, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor C K Fairley, School of Population Health, 2nd Floor, 723 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053, Australia;

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In Australia, Victoria has seen an increase in new HIV cases from 1999 to 2000,1 and this rise has been sustained in 2001. The rise primarily involves men who have sex with men (MSM), where rates of unprotected anal intercourse and bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have also increased.1 As bacterial STIs enhance HIV transmission,2 screening for asymptomatic infections may reduce the incidence of HIV.

A sexual health service in Melbourne reviewed medical records of MSM clients with HIV infection. This was conducted to determine how commonly STI screening of asymptomatic clients is …

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