The latest instalment of Australia’s annual report card on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections has been released this morning. Here’s what UNSW experts who work in these areas make of the results.
Despite high-profile health campaigns and a concerted effort to make antiretroviral therapy more accessible, the number of new HIV cases in Australia has remained stable over the last three years, writes Bridget Haire.
The spread of HIV from injecting drug use in Australia has been contained, largely through the success of needle and syringe programs, according to a 20-year report released by the Kirby Institute at UNSW.
Starting HIV treatment early, before immune damage occurs, brings real clinical benefits. But taking antiretrovirals is a daily, life-long commitment and people need support to make the right choices, writes Bridget Haire.
Annual HIV funding from developed to developing countries is about $US18 billion, however this is still about $US5 billion a year short of what’s required to sustain the gains of the last decade, writes William Bowtell.