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“Let’s not talk about sex”: reconsidering the public health approach to sexually transmissible infections in remote Indigenous populations in Australia

Francis J Bowden and Katherine Fethers
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (3): 182-184.
  • Francis J Bowden1
  • Katherine Fethers2

  • 1 Academic Unit of Internal Medicine, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: frank.bowden@act.gov.au

Competing interests:

None identified.

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