Newsletter October 2018 – Polio

Newsletter October 2018 – Polio

Posted on Oct 25, 2018
Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea


The following recommendations have been issued by the Department of Health:

  • Australian residents planning to visit PNG for less than four weeks should be up to date with their polio vaccination.
  • Australian residents travelling to PNG intending to stay for longer than four weeks should have a documented polio booster within four weeks to 12 months prior to the date of departure from PNG.
  • Individuals who are already residing in PNG for four weeks or longer should have a documented polio booster within four weeks to 12 months prior to departure from PNG.




Dr Jo gives us the low down on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.


Hi all.  As many of you may know I have a specific interest in all things reproductive and sexual health related.  There have been some recent changes to the prescribing of PrEP so that it can know be prescribed by GPs and is available on PBS.

So what is PrEP?
The official name for PrEP is HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.  It is a once a day oral medication that can be taken by an individual to decrease their chances of contracting HIV.

Who can use PrEP?
PrEP may be suitable for anyone who is at an increased risk of HIV infection.  Examples may include men who have condomless sex with men, individuals with a sexual partner (or partners) who have HIV or any heterosexual male or females who may be at risk of HIV.

How effective is PrEP?
The exciting news is that studies have shown that individuals who take prep regularly reduced their chance of infection by 73%.  Some cases demonstrated a 92% reduction.

How do I know if I am at risk of being exposed to HIV?
If you have any concerns about your risk of HIV exposure please speak to any of the Turn The Corner Doctors.  All of our doctors have experience in sexual and reproductive health.

Does PrEP protect against other sexually transmitted infections?
PrEP does NOT protect against other types of sexually transmitted infections.  Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and mycoplasma genitalium are unfortunately on the rise in Australia so it is exceptionally important to have regular STI screening.  Remember not all STIs cause symptoms but if left untreated may have longer term complications.  Again, if you are unsure how often you need screening please make an appointment to speak to one of our doctors.

More information can be found at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre