Australia: Chlamydia Increase May Hint at HIV Rise
May 28, 2010
A recent doubling of chlamydia in Australia portends a spike in HIV cases, health officials have warned.
Kidd's comments came as Australia launched new national strategies for addressing STDs, including HIV. He called for greater use of social media to attack the problem, supplanting prior initiatives that have not succeeded.
Australia's government is concentrating on reducing the country's HIV rate, federal parliamentary Secretary for Health Mark Butler said. About 1,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed in Australia each year, a number that has plateaued in recent years.
"We're certainly happier with the plateauing than an ongoing increase, but we want to drive those rates down back to the sort of 600s or so per year that we were seeing in the beginning of the decade, and we see no reason that we can't do that," Butler said.
At the launch, Butler called for an increased emphasis on disease prevention. "Of the slightly more than $100 billion (US $85 billion) that we spend as a nation on health every year around 2 percent is spent on stopping people getting sick in the first place," he said.
Australian Associated Press
05.27.2010; Vincent Morello
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