11 Dec 2020

HSRAANZ 2020 Best Papers – ECR Winner Jason Ong

A/Prof Jason Ong has won HSRAANZ best paper award
Congratulations to Associate Professor Jason Ong for winning this year's Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) award for best paper!

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are over 1 million curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) a day. Earlier detection and timely treatment are needed to better control STIs, especially among those less likely to engage with healthcare systems. In recent years, there has been a global scale-up of programs for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). 

PrEP is a game-changing strategy that reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by 99%. People who are attracted to use PrEP are the same individuals who were previously less likely to attend facilities for testing.

Jason conducted a global systematic review of PrEP programs that had two key messages: 1) the high prevalence of STIs at the first visit of PrEP users confirms that individuals at high-risk for STIs are attending PrEP programs; and 2) the high incidence of STIs underscores their need for ongoing STI testing and treatment.

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