Research

The research unit is headed by Professor Christopher Fairley, and funded through a number of large National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Current Postgraduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Janet Towns
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisors: Prof Stephen Graves, A/Prof Marcus Chen, Dr Eric Chow, A/Prof Lei Zhang,
Project title: “Epidemic syphilis in Victoria 2015: Where to from here? Strategies to improve
prevention, early detection and treatment of syphilis in high risk populations.”

Miss Larissa Ratten
Supervisor: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, Dr Gerald Murray, Prof Suzanne Garland
Project title: “Using Next Generation Sequencing to explore the aetiology of genital infections”

Miss Rosie Latimer
Supervisor: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, Dr Eric Chow, Dr Tim Read
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium in women”

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Miss Chloe Duygu Durukan
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisors: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw, Dr Eric Chow, Dr Tim Read
Project title: “Change in type specific herpes infections”

Past Research Students

Doctor of Philosophy

2019

Dr Vincent Cornelisse 
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisors: A/Prof Eric Chow, A/Prof Edwina Wright, Prof Mark Stoové, Prof Jennifer Hoy
Project title: “Epidemiology of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV in men who have sex with men, and evaluation of new prevention strategies.”

List of publications from PhD:

Cornelisse VJ, Wright EJ, Fairley CK, McGuinness SL. Sexual safety and HIV prevention in travel medicine: Practical considerations and new approaches. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2019;28:63-73. doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2018.12.006

Cornelisse VJ, Fairley CK, Stoove M, Asselin J, Chow EPF, Price B, Roth NJ, Willcox J, Tee BK, Penn M, Chang CC, Armishaw J, Forgan-Smith G, Wright J for the PrEPX study team. Evaluation of PrEP eligibility criteria using sexually transmissible infections as HIV risk markers at enrolment in PrEPX, a large Australian HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2018;67(12):1847-1852. doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy370

Cornelisse VJ, Fairley CK, Read TRH, Lee D, Walker S, Hocking JS, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Chow EPF. Associations between anorectal chlamydia and oro-anal sex or saliva use as a lubricant for anal sex: A cross-sectional survey. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2018;45(8):506-510. doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000800

Cornelisse VJ, Walker S, Phillips T, Hocking JS, Bradshaw CS, Lewis DA, Prestage G, Grulich AE, Fairley CK, Chow EPF. Risk factors for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men: An age-matched case-control study. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2018;94(5):359-364. doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2017-053381

Cornelisse VJ, Fairley CK, Phillips T, Chow EPF (2018) Fuckbuddy partnerships among men who have sex with men – a marker of sexually transmitted infection risk. International Journal of STD and AIDS 2018;29(1):44-50. doi.org/10.1177/0956462417717647

Cornelisse VJ, Zhang L, Law M, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Bellhouse C, Fairley CK, Chow EPF. Concordance of gonorrhoea of the rectum, pharynx and urethra in same-sex male partnerships attending a sexual health service in Melbourne, Australia. BMC Infectious Diseases 2018;18(95). doi.org/10.1186/s12879-018-3003-2

Cornelisse VJ, Priest D, Fairley CK, Walker S, Bradshaw CS, Phillips T, Chow EPF. The frequency of kissing as part of sexual activity differs depending on how men meet their male casual sexual partners. International Journal of STD and AIDS 2018;29(6):598-602. doi.org/10.1177/0956462417748717

Cornelisse VJ, Jones RA, Fairley CK, Grover SR. The medical care of the neovagina of transgender women – a review. Sexual Health 2017;14(5):442–450. doi.org/10.1071/SH17044

Cornelisse VJ, Sherman CJ, Hocking JS, Williams H, Zhang L, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Bellhouse C, Fairley CK, Chow EPF. Concordance of chlamydia infections of the rectum and urethra in same-sex male partnerships: A cross-sectional analysis. BMC Infectious Diseases, 2017 Jan 5;17(1):22. doi.org/10.1186/s12879-016-2141-7

Cornelisse VJ, Huffam S, Chow EPF,Fairley CK, Bissessor M, De Petra V, Denham I, Howden B,Bradshaw CS, Williamson D, Chen MY. Increased Detection of Pharyngeal and Rectal Gonorrhea in Men Who Have Sex With Men After Transition From Culture To Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2017 Feb;44(2):114-117. doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000553

Cornelisse VJ, Fairley CK, Walker S, Young T, Lee D, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Chow EPF. Adherence to, and acceptability of, Listerine® mouthwash as a potential preventive intervention for pharyngeal gonorrhoea among men who have sex with men in Australia: a longitudinal study. Sexual Health 2016;13(5):494-496. doi.org/10.1071/SH16026

Cornelisse VJ, Fairley CK, Roth NJ. Optimising healthcare for men who have sex with men: A role for general practitioners. Australian Family Physician 2016;45(4):182-185

Cornelisse VJ, Chow EPF, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Fairley CK. Summer heat: a cross-sectional analysis of seasonal differences in sexual behaviour and sexually transmissible diseases in Melbourne, Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections; 92:286-291. doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2015-052225

2018

Dr Nick Medland 
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Dr James McMahon, Dr Julian Elliott, Prof Jennifer Hoy 
Project title: “Accessible but not accessed: Optimising Engagement with Antiretroviral Therapy”

List of publications from PhD:

Medland NA, McMahon JH, Chow EP, Elliott JH, Hoy JF, Fairley CK. The HIV care cascade: a systematic review of data sources, methodology and comparability. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2015;18(1):20634. doi:10.7448/IAS.18.1.20634

Medland NA, Chow EPF, McMahon JH, Elliott JH, Hoy JF, Fairley CK. Time from HIV diagnosis to commencement of antiretroviral therapy as an indicator to supplement the HIV cascade: Dramatic fall from 2011 to 2015. PloS One 2017;12(5):e0177634. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177634

Medland NA, Nicholson S, Chow EPF, Read TRH, Bradshaw CS, Denham I, Fairley CK. Time from HIV infection to virological suppression: dramatic fall from 2007 to 2016. AIDS 2017;31(17):2377-2385. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000001634

Medland NA, Chow EP, Bradshaw CS, Read TH, Sasadeusz JJ, Fairley CK. Predictors and incidence of sexually transmitted Hepatitis C virus infection in HIV positive men who have sex with men. BMC Infectious Diseases 2017;17(1):185. doi:10.1186/s12879-017-2288-x

Medland NA, Chow EP, Walker RG, Chen M, Read TR, Fairley CK. Incidence of renal Fanconi syndrome in patients taking antiretroviral therapy including tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2018;29(3):227-236. doi:10.1177/0956462417722133

Medland NA, Chow EP, Read TH, Ong JJ, Chen M, Denham I, Gunaratnam P, Fairley CK. Incident HIV infection has fallen rapidly in men who have sex with men in Melbourne, Australia (2013-2017) but not in the newly-arrived Asian-born. BMC Infectious Diseases 2018;18(1):410. doi:10.1186/s12879-018-3325-0.

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

2019

Miss Evelyn Turek
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Sexual health of sex workers in Melbourne

List of publications from Honours degree:

Turek EM, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Vodstrcil LA, Snow A, Fortune R, Chow EPF. Are genital examinations necessary for STI screening for female sex workers? An Audit of Decriminalized and Regulated Sex Workers in Melbourne, Australia. PLoS One 2020;15(4):e0231547. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0231547

2018

Mr Christopher Hardy
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: “Condomless anal sex under the influences of drug, alcohol and health issues among gay and bisexual men who have sex with men in Melbourne, Australia”

Miss Chloe Duygu Durukan 
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisors: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw, Dr Eric Chow, Dr Tim Read 
Project title: “Change in type specific herpes infections”

List of publications from Honours degree:

Durukan D, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, Read TRH, Druce J, Catton M, Caly L, Chow EPF.Increasing proportion of herpes simplex virus type 1 among women and men diagnosed with first-episode anogenital herpes: a retrospective observational study over 14 years in Melbourne, Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;95:307-313. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053830

2016

Mr Emile Jasek 
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow 
Project title: “Epidemiology of STI since 1917”

List of publications from Honours degree

Jasek E, Chow EP, Ong JJ, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Hocking JS, et al. Sexually Transmitted Infections in Melbourne, Australia from 1918 to 2016: nearly a century of data. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quartely Report 2017;41(3):E212-E22.

Mr David Priest 
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow 
Project title: “ Understanding the pattern of gonorrhoea by anatomical sites and by age among men who have sex with men”

List of publications from Honours degree:

Priest D, Chow EPF. Kissing while high on ecstasy: lessons from a gay dance party attendee. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2018;94(2):143. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2017-053427

Priest D, Read TRH, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Fairley CK, Chow EPF. Only recent sexual partners contribute to oropharyngeal gonorrhoea positivity: the number of sexual partners over different time periods as an indicator of duration of gonorrhoea and chlamydia infection among men who have sex with men. Sexual Health 2018; 15(4):342-349. doi:10.1071/SH17196

Priest D, Ong JJ, Chow EPF, Tabrizi S, Phillips S, Bissessor M, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, Read THR, Garland S, Chen M. Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA bacterial load in men with symptomatic and asymptomatic gonococcal urethritis. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2017;93(7):478-481. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2016-052950

Cornelisse VJ, Priest D, Fairley CK, Walker S, Bradshaw CS, Phillips T, Chow EPF. The frequency of kissing as part of sexual activity differs depending on how men meet their male casual sexual partners. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2018;29(6):598-602. doi:10.1177/0956462417748717

Chow EPF, Cornelisse VJ, Williamson DA, Priest D, Hocking JS, Bradshaw CS, Read TRH, Chen MY, Howden BP, Fairley CK. Kissing may be an important and neglected risk factor for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea: a cross-sectional study in men who have sex with men. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;95(7):516-521. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053896

Miss Rosie Latimer 
Supervisor; A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw 
Co-supervisor: Dr Tim Read and Dr Lenka Vodstrcil 
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium associated Pelvic Inflammatory Disease”

List of publications from Honours degree:

Latimer RL, Read TRH, Vodstrcil LA, Goller JL, Ong JJ, Fairley CK, Hocking JS, Bradshaw CS. Clinical features and therapeutic response in women meeting criteria for presumptive treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Mycoplasma genitalium. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2019;46(2):73-79. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000924

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)

Miss Josephine Slifirski 
Supervisor; A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw 
Co-supervisor: Dr Tim Read and Dr Lenka Vodstrcil 
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium in sexual contacts”

List of publications from Honours degree:

Slifirski JB, Vodstrcil LA, Fairley CK, Ong JJ, Chow EPF, Chen MY, Read TRH, Bradshaw CS. Mycoplasma genitalium infection in adults reporting sexual contact with infected partners, Australia, 2008-2016. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2017;23(11): 1826-1833. doi:10.3201/eid2311.170998

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2018

Miss Annalisa Zappula
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley Project title: Sexual practices of female sex workers in Melbourne, Australia

List of publications from Honours degree:

Zappulla A, Fairley CK, Donovan B, Guy R, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Phillips TR, Maddaford K, Chow EPF. Sexual practices of female sex workers in Melbourne, Australia: an anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire study in 2017-2018. Sexual Health 2020;17(1):53-60. doi:10.1071/SH19037

2017

Miss Anne Tran 
Supervisor: Dr Tim Read 
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Project title: “Can we pool pharyngeal, rectal and urine samples when screening men who have sex with men (MSM) for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae using the Aptima Combo 2 assay?”

Durukan D, Read TRH, Bradshaw CS, Fairley CK, Williamson DA, De Petra V, Maddaford K, Wigan R, Chen MY, Tran A, Chow EPF. 2020. Pooling pharyngeal, anorectal, and urogenital samples for screening asymptomatic men who have sex with men for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2020;58:e01969-19. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01969-19.

2015

Miss Angela Sarumpaet
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Co-supervisor: Dr Eric Chow 
Project title: “The clinical outcomes of female partners of men with idiopathic non-gonococcal urethritis”

List of publications from Honours degree:

Ong J, Sarumpaet A, Chow EPF, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Read TRH, Fairley CK. Should female partners of men with non-gonococcal urethritis, negative for Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium be informed and treated? Clinical outcomes from a partner study of heterosexual men with NGU. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2017;44(2):126-130.

Mr Andre Landika 
Supervisor: Dr Eric Chow 
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley 
Project title: “The use of non-occupational HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (NPEP) among men who have sex with men”

List of publications from Honours degree

Ong J, Landika A, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Read T, Chow EPF. Characteristics, sexual practices and sexually transmissible infections diagnoses of men who have sex with men and use non-occupational HIV post-exposure prophylaxis in Victoria, Australia. Sexual Health 2016;13(6):555-559.

Summer Medical Students Short Projects 

2019

Miss Anysha Walia
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Project title: Disparities in characteristics in accessing public Australian sexual health services between Medicare beneficiaries and non-Medicare beneficiaries among men who have sex with men

Dana Lee
Supervisor: A/Prof Jason Ong
Co-supervisors: A/Prof Eric Chow
Project title: Usability of HIV self-testing kits for men who have sex with men

Tran Ngoc An Huynh
Supervisor: A/Prof Jason Ong
Co-supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Project title: Global systematic review of the lifetime cost of managing HIV

2018

Mr Sam Burrell
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Hepatitis A vaccine uptake rate among gay and bisexual men who have sex with men at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre from a time-limited vaccination programme in 2018

Publication:

Burrell S, Vodstrcil LA, Fairley CK, Kilner A, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Chow EPF. Hepatitis A vaccine uptake among men who have sex with men from a time-limited vaccination programme in Melbourne in 2018. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2020;96(2):110-114. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2019-054132

2017

Miss Lucinda Blackshaw
Supervisor: A/Prof Marcus Chen
Co-supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Project title: Characteristics and linkage to care of Asian men who have sex with men newly diagnosed with HIV in Australia

Publication:

Blackshaw LCD, Chow EPF, Varma R, Healey L, Templeton DJ, Basu A, Turner D, Medland NA, Rix S, Fairley CK, Chen MY. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2019;43(5):424-428. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12926

2016

Mr Tim Yang
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Sampling technique and detection rates for pharyngeal and rectal swabs for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in men who have sex with men

Publication:

Yang TZT, Chen MY, Read TRH, Needleman R, Bradshaw CS, Fortune R, Fairley CK, Chow EPF. Sampling technique and detection rates of oropharyngeal and anorectal gonorrhoea using nucleic acid amplification tests in men who have sex with men. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;94(4):287-292. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2017-053339

Mr Robert Needleman
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title:  Potential reduction in access to STI services in Melbourne because of clinical load created by the PrEPX study

Publication:

Needleman R, Chow EPF., Towns JM, Cornelisse VJ, Yang TZT, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Fortune R, Fairley CK. Access to sexual health services after the rapid roll out of the launch of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in Melbourne, Australia: a retrospective cross-sectional analysis. Sexual Health 2018;15(6):528-532. doi:10.1071/SH17182

2015

Mr Patrick Mannion
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Trends in gonorrhoea among heterosexual individuals attending Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Publication:

Mannion PK, Fairley CK, Fehler G, Tabrizi SN, Tan WS, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Chow EPF. Trends in gonorrhoea positivity by nucleic acid amplification test versus culture among Australian heterosexual men with a low prevalence of gonorrhoea, 2007–2014. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2016;92(8):625-628. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052246

Mr Shayne Camilleri
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Duration of chlamydia infection in men who have sex with men

Chow EPF, Camilleri S, Ward C, Huffam S, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Fairley CK. Duration of gonorrhoea and chlamydia infection at the pharynx and rectum among men who have sex with men: a systematic review. Sexual Health 2016;13(3):199-204. doi:10.1071/SH15175

Mr Christopher Ward
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Duration of gonorrhoea infection in men who have sex with men

Publication:

Chow EPF, Camilleri S, Ward C, Huffam S, Chen MY, Bradshaw CS, Fairley CK. Duration of gonorrhoea and chlamydia infection at the pharynx and rectum among men who have sex with men: a systematic review. Sexual Health 2016;13(3):199-204. doi:10.1071/SH15175

Miss Tess Marinelli
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Rate of repat diagnoses in men who have sex with men for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoea: a retrospective cohort study

Publication:

Marinelli T, Chow EPF, Tomnay J, Fehler G, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Forcey DS, Fairley CK. Rate of repeat diagnoses in men who have sex with men for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: a retrospective cohort study. Sexual Health 2015;12(5):418-424. doi:10.1071/SH14234

Visiting scholars

2019

Dr Mario Martín-Sánchez (Spain)
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Meningococcal vaccine uptake among men who have sex with men in response to an invasive meningococcal C disease outbreak in Melbourne, Australia

Publication:

Martín-Sánchez M, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Chow EPF. Meningococcal vaccine uptake among men who have sex with men in response to an invasive meningococcal C disease outbreak in Melbourne, Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2020;96(4):246-250. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2019-054318

2018

Mr Launcelot McGrath (Ireland)
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake rate among young men who have sex with men

Publication:

McGrath L, Fairley Ck, Cleere EF, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Chow EPF. Human Papillomavirus vaccine uptake among young gay and bisexual men who have sex with men with a time-limited targeted vaccination programme through sexual health clinics in Melbourne in 2017. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;95(3):181-186. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053619

Mr Eoin Cleere (Ireland)
Supervisor: A/Prof Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: Sex with a trans or gender diverse person

Publication:

Cleere EF, Fairley CK, McGrath L, Bradshaw CS, Chen MY, Chow EPF. Sex with a transgender or gender diverse person among patients attending a sexual health centre in Melbourne, Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;95(1):46-52. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2018-053653 

Potential research project available for students

Please see Supervisor Connect for the latest research projects available to students at MSHC. You can find a list of available supervisors in the Staff section