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STI testing and treatment recommendations in Australia updated

The Australian STI Guidelines – the go-to resource for primary care STI prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment in Australia – have been updated. 

The updates, which were developed between 2020-22, have been endorsed by the Family Planning Alliance of Australia (FPAA) of which Family Planning Tasmania is a member.

Key changes are summarised on their website and include:

  • HIV and syphilis testing should be included whenever STI testing is indicated to help work towards the goal of eliminating HIV transmission and combat the concerning rise of syphilis notifications in Australia.
  • To improve antibiotic stewardship, immediate treatment is not recommended for all sexual contacts of chlamydia – instead, offer testing of exposed anatomical sites and await results.
  • incorporating current trans and gender-diverse affirming language.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the updated STI Guidelines.

More about the STI Guidelines

The Australian STI Management Guidelines for Use in Primary Care were developed under the auspice of the Australasian Sexual and Reproductive Health Alliance (ASRHA) and are managed by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).

The Guidelines are an online resource for primary care health professionals. They provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) for adults and adolescents and are frequently cited and referenced by other guidelines.

The Guidelines have been developed and updated using evidence-based surveillance, research and practice data. Watch the video below for a webinar on the updated guidelines. You can also read more about it on the STI Guidelines website here. 


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