HIV Australia 2019

Find on this page commissioned articles, audio interviews, and editorials about the latest in HIV, from both a local and global perspective.


Normalising HIV testing in a changing epidemic

The eighth National HIV Strategy (2018-2022) outlines the importance of improving the frequency, regularity and targeting of HIV testing across all priority populations as a means of decreasing rates of late diagnosis and eliminating HIV transmission.

“Is it HIV or just old age?” How Australia’s first generation of PLHIV are experiencing ageing

Around half of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia are now over 50 [1] with this number projected to rise [2].

People on the move: implications for meeting Australia’s 95:95:95 targets by 2022

With over one billion people moving across the world in 2018 [1], mobility is an increasingly important driver of infectious diseases including HIV.

Never Turning Back

For the first twelve years of the epidemic, HIV/AIDS was a mass trauma event for the gay community in Australia. It was a prolonged period of psychological and social disruption threatening the coping capacity of the communities and threatening their very survival.


Communities Stepping It Up: the making of community led advocacy for sustainable financing of HIV prevention and treatment in Asia

Funding decisions for South East Asia’s HIV response has traditionally been the purview of policy makers, government ministries and development aid donors. Often regarded as a technocratic field, this perception of HIV financing has limited the input from communities and individuals most affected by HIV, despite these decisions directly affecting them. 

Gay and bisexual men’s attitudes to hepatitis C, and the potential role of treatment-as-prevention approaches

In our recent study of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related attitudes and awareness among gay and bisexual men—in which one third of the sample comprised men living with HIV—we found knowledge about new HCV treatments to be surprisingly low.

Hepatitis C in gay men: what are the risks and should I be concerned?

For almost two decades it has been clear that rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission have been particularly high in HIV positive gay men, and not just in those engaging in injecting drug use. In many cities worldwide, especially within Europe, HCV acquisition among these men is mostly occurring through methods other than injecting drug use.

Progress towards the HIV and Mobility in Australia: Priority Actions

The HIV and Mobility in Australia: Road Map for Action reviews current programs and activities that respond to HIV acquired overseas and sets out a research and action agenda for migrant and mobile populations. It is intended to create discussion, and support advocacy efforts, policy and practice to help Australia reach its goal of ending HIV transmission by 2022.

Have you ever wondered what it means when a research project has the approval of a Human Research Ethics Committee?

In brief, it means an independent committee has reviewed the project and considered whether it has scientific merit, respects the autonomy of the participants and has adequately considered the potential risks and benefits for participants and the wider community.

PrEP Access for People Under 18 in Australia

On 1 April 2018, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) became available through Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This allowed people who could most benefit from PrEP to access it through Government subsidy. While this access is one of the best in the world, there are still people that could benefit greatly from PrEP that are not able to access it including young people under the age of 18.

The real cost of denying people living with HIV permanent residency

Everyone over the age of 15 who applies for a permanent or provisional visa in Australia must have a HIV test to determine if they meet the ‘health requirement’ to be granted a visa. For people living with HIV (PLHIV) this requirement presents a seemingly insurmountable hurdle

Mobilising the potential of HIV self-testing: benefits and barriers

If Australia is to achieve its ambitious target of virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions by 2022, the ability to test for HIV frequently and easily will be paramount.

Engaging communities affected by HIV in Cairns and surrounds

The Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) aims to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI), Sistergirl and Brotherboy Queenslanders through prevention programs, by helping people to improve, and have more control over, their health and wellbeing.

New study challenges assumptions about PrEP, condom use and STIs

PrEP has emerged as a highly effective HIV prevention tool for gay and bisexual men and other people at risk of acquiring HIV. However, PrEP has not been accepted by all, mainly due to fears that its use will lead to further increases in other STIs among gay and bisexual men.


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Presentation: Janelle Fawkes, DecrimQLD and Leanne Melling, SWOP NT

A presentation by Janelle Fawkes from DecrimQLD and Leanne Melling from SWOP NT at the AFAO Members’ Meeting May 2019 giving an update on sex work law reform in Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia.   Resources: Scarlet Alliance DecrimQLD SWOP NT South Australia

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Interview: Kate Aubusson from the Sydney Morning Herald

An interview with Kate Aubusson, Health Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald about the role of journalism in contemporary political environments.

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Interview: Associate Professor Christopher Fisher from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

An interview with Associate Professor Christopher Fisher from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University about the National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2018.

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Interview: Samantha Edmonds from the National LGBTI Health Alliance

An interview with Samantha Edmonds, Silver Rainbow National Project Manager, from the National LGBTI Health Alliance about issues for LGBTI people ageing in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

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Presentation: Professor Andrew Grulich from the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

A presentation by Professor Andrew Grulich at the AFAO Members’ Meeting May 2019 giving an overview of the evidence for on-demand (or event-based) PrEP, and highlighting when it is not suitable for some people, including for women and men of trans experience.

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Interview: Dr Lisa Fitzgerald from the University of Queensland

An interview with Dr Lisa Fitzgerald from the University of Queensland at the AFAO Members’ Meeting in November 2018 about the experiences of people ageing with HIV from her recent research.

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In Conversation: Professor Sharon Lewin AO from the Doherty Institute

An interview with Professor Sharon Lewin AO from the Doherty Institute explaining the London Patient and what this means for HIV cure research.

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In Conversation: The Hon Dr Neal Blewett AC and the Hon Dr Peter Baume AC

An interview with the Hon Dr Neal Blewett AC and the Hon Dr Peter Baume AC on the bipartisanship that defined Australia’s early response to the HIV epidemic.