Refugee STI screening now risk-based

Universal screening for STIs, malaria, hepatitis C and other conditions is no longer recommended for post-arrival health assessment of refugees and asylum seekers.

New guidelines from the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) and Refugee Health Network of Australia recommend risk-based screening these and a range of other conditions.

The advice, updated from the last document issued in 2009, says universal screening for STIs, other than HIV and HBV, is not supported by current evidence.

Screening should be offered if risk is suspected, on request and to unaccompanied children