National HIV Strategy

National HIV Strategy

Since the launch of the first government response to HIV in 1989, Australia’s national HIV strategies have been pivotal to the success of Australia’s response to HIV prevention, and the treatment and care of people living with HIV.

Australia’s Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014 – 2017 was launched in July 2014. The HIV strategy is one of the suite of five national strategies to address BBVs and STIs:

These national strategies were developed with significant contributions from community stakeholders, research organisations, medical professionals and state and territory health departments.

The Seventh National HIV Strategy clearly identifies priority action areas for Australia’s ongoing HIV response in the light of commitments made under the UN Political Declaration on HIV 2011.

Under the Seventh National HIV Strategy, Australia commits itself to upscaling efforts to:

  • reduce the incidence of HIV;
  • reduce the risk behaviours associated with the transmission of HIV;
  • increase the proportion of people living with HIV on treatments with undetectable viral load;
  • decrease the number of people with undiagnosed HIV infection; and
  • improve the quality of life of people living with HIV.

Significantly, the Seventh National HIV Strategy sets ambitious targets, reflecting Australia’s international commitments under the UN Political Declaration on HIV 2011, namely to:

  • end new HIV infections in Australia by 2020 – with a 50% reduction by 2017; and
  • increase treatment uptake by people with HIV to 90 per cent.

The Strategy is implemented according to an Implementation Plan developed through the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), in consultation with the Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS).

The National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Surveillance and Monitoring Plan 2014-2017 reports on the progress on achieving the targets and reaching the goals of the National BBV and STI National Strategies 2014–2017.

There is multi-partisan commitment to the development of an eighth national HIV strategy. AFAO will work with the Minister, the Department of Health and other key HIV stakeholders to support the delivery of a five-year strategy.