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25 July 2014

Trends in HIV notifications highlighted

A steady increase in the number of HIV cases in Western Australia in the past decade, which saw a near-record number of new cases in 2013, is investigated in the latest issue of Disease WAtch, the official bulletin of the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Control Directorate.

The article, Trends in HIV infection in Western Australia, looks at factors behind the figures including risk exposures and places of acquisition.

In the wake of the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, the publication's July edition also explores topical HIV issues including rapid point-of-care testing for the virus and an amendment to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Disease WAtch also reveals the addition of a dangerous new respiratory disease to the State's list of notifiable diseases and tells of a new bid to boost varicella vaccination rates to help protect the community from the virus that causes chickenpox.

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