MEDIA RELEASES

My Health Record opt out period

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) joins others today in expressing concern about the end of the My Health Record opt out period.

HIV diagnoses falls to lowest level since 2010, but progress is patchy

HIV diagnoses in Australia have fallen to the lowest level since 2010, according to data released by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney today, but there are serious concerns over the lack of progress among heterosexual and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

LGBT victory over Indian penal code

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has hailed a ground-breaking decision by India’s Supreme Court to strike down laws criminalising LGBT people, by annulling key provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

AFAO welcomes ministerial appointments

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has welcomed the re-appointment of the Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Health and the Hon Ken Wyatt MP as Minister for Indigenous Health.

Sex worker advocate recognised with Queen’s Birthday honours

The inclusion of Julie Bates in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honour list is a recognition of her extraordinary achievements as an advocate and campaigner, and a milestone moment in the acceptance of sex work in Australia.

AFAO welcomes budget commitment to PrEP and mental health

The Commonwealth Government’s Budget night commitment of $180 million to fund access to the HIV prevention pill, PrEP, will drive a sharp reduction in HIV transmission.

HIV prevention pill available on PBS from April 1

The HIV prevention pill, PrEP, will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from April 1, giving Australia its greatest opportunity yet to drive serious reductions in HIV transmission.

Australia loses a leader. Vale David Cooper

David Cooper was a man of science, but he never forgot that people are at the centre of the HIV epidemic.

HIV prevention pill approved by PBAC

Today’s PBAC decision to recommend PBS listing of the HIV prevention pill, PrEP, is a critical step towards dramatically reducing HIV transmission in Australia, according to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

Passing of a Staunch Advocate

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this contains names of people who have passed away.

Funding commitment would help drive end of HIV transmission

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has welcomed federal Labor’s commitment to fund a reinvigorated community-led HIV response, critical to Australia reaching its goal of ending HIV transmission.

AFAO welcomes Government commitment to community-led HIV response

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to a package of policies that will provide important support to the community-led HIV response.

World AIDS Day – Fewer Than Half of HIV Positive People in Asia Have Access to Medicine 

New UNAIDS figures released for World AIDS Day reveal that fewer than half the people living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific have access to life-saving antiretroviral medicine.

Vale Levinia Crooks, A Tireless Fighter in Australia’s HIV/AIDS Response

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is today paying tribute to Levinia Crooks, AM, a leading figure in Australia’s HIV/AIDS response, who passed away over the weekend.

Advisory body defers Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme recommendation for HIV prevention pill

AFAO has called on two drug companies and the PBS to fast track negotiations after today’s disappointing decision to defer listing PrEP.

$32.5 million annually for new effort would end Australian HIV Transmission

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations’ HIV Blueprint charts a course to avert 2,025 HIV transmissions within three years, saving $32.5 million annually.

Federal Budget: Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Costly and Pointless

    MEDIA RELEASE 10 May 2017 FEDERAL BUDGET: DRUG TESTING OF WELFARE RECIPIENTS COSTLY AND POINTLESS The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and the Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association have warned that drug testing welfare recipients […]

Encouraging Signs in Budget for HIV Prevention Medication

HIV Prevention Medication: AFAO has welcomed the Government’s Budget-night commitment to make the HIV prevention pill, PrEP, available through the PBS.