Archive For: ATSIHIV News

High sex, low risk: How gay and bisexual men who use drugs are protecting themselves from HIV

High sex, low risk: How gay and bisexual men who use drugs are protecting themselves from HIV

December 10 2019 Kirby Institute researchers have found that gay and bisexual men who use crystal methamphetamine during sex (a practice known as chemsex) are more likely to include biomedical HIV prevention strategies when engaging in condomless sex than those who do not use crystal methamphetamine. Chemsex has traditionally been linked with ‘risky’ sexual behaviours, ... Read More
 
Going somewhere? Don’t bring HIV home from your holiday…

Going somewhere? Don’t bring HIV home from your holiday…

December 1 2019 ‘Going somewhere?’ awareness campaign launched on World AIDS Day HIV notifications in heterosexual, middle-aged men increasing in Western Australia New campaign targets at-risk men travelling overseas 10 per cent of people with HIV are unaware of their infection Health Minister Roger Cook has launched WA Health’s new ‘Going somewhere?’ campaign on World ... Read More
 
NACCHO recognises importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and 2019 World AIDS Day

NACCHO recognises importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week and 2019 World AIDS Day

November 28, 2019 The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) recognises the importance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week (ATSIHAW) and the 2019 World AIDS Day to draw attention to the increasing impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In Australia, it has been ... Read More
 
Canberra to increase HIV funding, list groundbreaking drug treatment

Canberra to increase HIV funding, list groundbreaking drug treatment

November 27, 2019 Australia’s bid to be among the first countries in the world to eliminate HIV transmissions will take another leap forward on Wednesday with the listing of groundbreaking new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt will announce that Dovato, a once-daily, single-tablet, two-drug regimen, will be subsidised ... Read More
 
New research finds gay and bisexual men who use HIV prevention pill ‘PrEP’ have lower anxiety

New research finds gay and bisexual men who use HIV prevention pill ‘PrEP’ have lower anxiety

November 21, 2019 A new study from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney published today shows that gay and bisexual men who are taking the HIV prevention medication PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) also have significantly lower levels of HIV-related anxiety. HIV transmission anxiety has affected sexual behaviours of gay and bisexual men for more than 30 years, but ... Read More
 
Queensland Positive People to celebrate 30th anniversary

Queensland Positive People to celebrate 30th anniversary

November 11, 2019 At 1988’s Third National Conference on HIV/AIDS, a group of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) outed themselves as positive. This was undoubtedly a brave action at a time of massive social stigma. Consequently, a national coalition emerged from that group. They decided to establish PLWHA groups across Australia. The Queensland representatives, Reg ... Read More
 
Scientists discover new HIV strain

Scientists discover new HIV strain

November 7, 2019 Scientists have discovered a new subtype of HIV with an Australian expert saying there was no cause for alarm. The subtype of the virus was discovered in 2001, but new DNA sequencing technology helped scientists confirm the new strain. The sequence discovery was published on Thursday in the Journal of Acquired Immune ... Read More
 
ACON Opposes NSW Government Moves To Legislate Mandatory HIV Testing

ACON Opposes NSW Government Moves To Legislate Mandatory HIV Testing

Nov 6, 2019 NSW’s leading HIV organisation, ACON, opposes moves by the NSW Government to follow NSW Labor’s plan announced last week to introduce a Bill to enforce mandatory testing of individuals whose bodily fluids come into contact with frontline workers. In an announcement made today, the Government intends to introduce a scheme that will ... Read More