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Communicable disease code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term624969
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 28/04/2016
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing types of communicable diseases.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
1Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
2Hepatitis B
3Hepatitis C
4Sexually-transmissible infections
5None of the above
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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

For use in Prisoner health data collections. If this value domain is to be used with other metadata then 'Unknown' would map to code 8.

CODE 1   Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

HIV refers to a condition where there is progressive failure of the immune system which can lead to infections, cancers and AIDS.

CODE 2   Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a bloodborne viral disease that can be transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sex, blood-to-blood contact or sharing of injecting equipment. Hepatitis B causes inflammation of the liver and over time can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, chronic liver damage, liver failure and liver cancer.

CODE 3   Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a bloodborne viral disease, which is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. Hepatitis C can result in problems such as chronic liver damage, liver cancer and cirrhosis.
CODE 4  Sexually transmissible infections

Sexually-transmissible infections refers to illness that has been transferred by means of human sexual behaviour and includes chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes HPV and syphilis.

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The Fourth National Hepatitis C Strategy 2014–2017 lists people in custodial settings as a priority population because of their increased risk of infection due to non-sterile injecting equipment, sharing of tattooing and piercing equipment, and other blood-to-blood contact (DoH 2014a).

While a vaccination exists, prisoners are recognised in the Second National Hepatitis B Strategy as being at increased risk due to low vaccination rates (DoH 2014b).

Prisoners are recognised in the 3rd National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2014–2017 as a priority population due to their high-risk behaviours (DoH 2014c).



Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

DoH 2014a. Fourth national hepatitis C strategy 2014–2017. Canberra: Department of Health.

DoH 2014b. Second national hepatitis B strategy 2014–2017. Canberra: Department of Health.

DoH 2014c. Third national sexually transmissible infections strategy 2014–2017. Canberra: Department of Health.


Relational attributes

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Supersedes Communicable disease test code N Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Prison dischargee—communicable disease test, code N Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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