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The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV prevention

The three big studies pushing at the frontiers of HIV prevention

June 13, 2019 There are an estimated 5000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70% of the 37 million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 1.8 million new HIV transmissions worldwide in 2017, 800 000 occurred in eastern and southern Africa. New, effective prevention strategies are essential to reducing HIV ... Read More
 
Antibiotic resistance in remote Indigenous communities up to 50 percent

Antibiotic resistance in remote Indigenous communities up to 50 percent

June 18, 2019 Australia’s infectious disease experts are urgently calling for high rates of antibiotic resistance in remote Indigenous communities to be addressed before communities come to a point where there are no treatment options available. Research has shown these communities have the highest rates nationwide of antibiotic resistance to bacteria like golden staph, which ... Read More
 
Why HIV Is No Longer A Death Sentence

Why HIV Is No Longer A Death Sentence

Jun 03 2019 A simple blood test can save a life. This week is HIV Testing Week and health authorities are encouraging Australians at risk of HIV to get themselves checked with a simple blood test. According to NSW Health, research shows that men who have sex with men, but ... Read More
 
HIV on the rise among straight Australians

HIV on the rise among straight Australians

June 12, 2019 Despite an overall drop in HIV diagnoses, straight Australians are bringing the disease back to Australia from overseas holidays, and Indigenous communities are also especially at risk. According to a 2018 report by the Kirby institute, despite an overall drop in HIV diagnoses to a seven-year low, there was a 10 per ... Read More
 
World Health Organisation study finds more than 1 million people every day worldwide catch an STI

World Health Organisation study finds more than 1 million people every day worldwide catch an STI

More than 1 million people every day worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection, with rates of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis and syphilis the most worrying, the World Health Organisation said. “Sexually transmitted infections are everywhere. They are far more common than we think,” Teodora Wi, a medical officer in the WHO’s department for reproductive health and ... Read More
 
Do you have to tell your boss that you’re HIV positive?

Do you have to tell your boss that you’re HIV positive?

One of the biggest fears of people living with HIV is having to disclose their status to their employer, risking possible discrimination. The good news is that in most professions, you are not legally required to tell an employer, or prospective employer, that you are HIV positive with only a few exceptions, the main one ... Read More
 
New Zealand is heading to become HIV-free

New Zealand is heading to become HIV-free

May 16, 2019 Last year Aotearoa New Zealand became one of the first countries in the world to publicly fund the HIV prevention drug called pre-exposure prophylaxis or “PrEP”. We desperately needed that decision – it followed our worst ever year of the HIV epidemic, with 244 new diagnoses. PrEP virtually eliminates the risk of ... Read More
 
Antibiotic resistance still poses substantial risk despite fall in antibiotic use, report finds

Antibiotic resistance still poses substantial risk despite fall in antibiotic use, report finds

May 9th 2019 Campaigns pushing for Australians to stop taking antibiotics unnecessarily are beginning to cut through, as new data reveals the nation’s antibiotic use has fallen for the first time in two decades. The same research found antibiotics are still being over prescribed and misused, causing several dangerous bacteria to grow increasingly resistant to ... Read More