Stable HIV testing and increased condomless casual sex rates have raised a few concerns for experts, but continued high rates of testing along with reports of very high undetectable viral loads have offered some good news for the state.
Queensland gay men will soon have the chance to participate in a state-wide PrEP trial starting in June. The details were provided at a community forum held this week, which also tackled questions and issues surrounding the latest HIV prevention measures available.
The new Queensland Health Minister has provided an update to an election commitment to review of government funding for community health groups, linked to the promised restoration of funds to the Queensland AIDS Council.
Large crowds turned out as Brisbane saw the return of a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil for the first time in seven years.
Groups responsible for the Gay Community Periodic Survey have cancelled potential plans with the Wickham Hotel to distribute the survey via an unmanned dropbox, citing the method would violate survey protocol and compromise results.
The Wickham Hotel has announced it will offer the Gay Community Periodic Survey via a dropbox option. HIV organisations and academics have welcomed the move but said it was not the “optimum” delivery method and defended the survey’s role in LGBTI-friendly venues.
The Wickham Hotel has refused to allow the annual Gay Community Periodic Survey and COUNT study from being held at the venue. The decision has been labelled “disappointing” and “concerning” by academics running the surveys and the hotel has been urged to reconsider.