NTAHC, the first regional AIDS council in Australia, continues to be the only not for profit organisation providing services and information for people living with or affected by blood borne viruses such as HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C.
Community members have been meeting with Jill Hennessy’s team to discuss the Victorian Government’s next steps around PrEP, with a recent meeting indicating she is in favour of expanding the trial.
One of the biggest overseas suppliers of PrEP for Australians say orders increased by 85 per cent at the end of 2015.
Following the recent decision to expand NSW’s PrEP trial, Victorian politicians and advocates have called on Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jill Hennessy to follow suit.
Along with vigils, World AIDS Day in Queensland was marked by the announcement that along with Queensland Positive People and four other NGOs, the Queensland AIDS Council will share in $8m in HIV funding. This will see a partial restoration in funding following cuts made to the organisation three years ago.
Blue Ribbon Boys is a campaign that sees qualified Hornet users granted a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo, signifying their personal commitment to sexual health regardless of their HIV status.
3700 people in NSW being eligible to receive PrEP by early 2016 will not only reduce new HIV transmissions but should also pressure the rest of Australia to follow suit.
World AIDS Day was established in 1988 to mourn and honour the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses, as well as to help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS globally. The day has grown to one that also aims to tackle stigma and raise awareness on needed legal reforms and treatment access. Brent Allan looks to the future of Australia’s response to HIV.
World AIDS Day 2015 in Melbourne saw HIV researchers and scientists, alongside those living with HIV, come together to discuss the future of the virus and remember the lives lost to the epidemic.