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Australian HIV projects receive major funding boost from international grant

Australian HIV projects receive major funding boost from international grant

Gilead Sciences Australia New Zealand today announced the Australian recipients of the Gilead Getting to Zero Grant Program 2021, a global initiative supporting projects aimed at getting to zero new HIV infections. The first Australian Grant recipient is a new project by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) in partnership with the Anwernekenhe National […]

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Health Minister announces HIV support funding on World AIDS Day

Health Minister announces HIV support funding on World AIDS Day

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced almost $6.2 million in funding to support people living with HIV and the path to elimination of new transmissions. On behalf of the Morrison Government, Minister Hunt released a statement outlining their plans for distribution of the funds. “Today, more than 28,000 Australians are living with HIV and […]

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AFAO calls for better plan for LGBTIQ mental health

AFAO calls for better plan for LGBTIQ mental health

There are calls for the Commonwealth Government to develop a mental health and suicide prevention blueprint to tackle the crisis of unmet need within the LGBTIQ community. La Trobe University research released today found 57.2% of more than 6,000 surveyed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people were experiencing high or very high levels […]

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HIV self-testing kits are now available in Australia

HIV self-testing kits are now available in Australia

New self-testing kits that allow people to screen for HIV are now available to purchase in Australia. The Atomo HIV Self-Test was approved for sale in Australia in November last year, and is the only model that been allowed on the market. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) note that it is important to […]

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Bill Shorten will commit funding to tackling HIV in Australia

Bill Shorten will commit funding to tackling HIV in Australia

Labor leader Bill Shorten is expected to make a major funding commitment to tackling HIV. The Brisbane Times has reported that the Opposition Leader will announce a $53 million dollar commitment to supporting peak HIV organisations, expanding PrEP trials and addressing the growing rate of new cases of HIV in aboriginal communities. Labor’s health spokesperson […]

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HIV prevention drug will not be added to the PBS

HIV prevention drug will not be added to the PBS

Truvada, the drug that makes a huge difference in preventing the spread of HIV, will not be added to Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The game changing medication failed to gain a recommendation that it should be added the tax payer funded scheme.  HIV advocacy groups have described the decision as extremely disappointing. Commonly known […]

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All Things Queer discusses AIDS, Hepatitis, and Rio

All Things Queer discusses AIDS, Hepatitis, and Rio

RTRFM’s ‘All Things Queer’ program has a great line up this morning. Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) Executive Director Darryl O’Donnell will chat about the recent International AIDS Conference inDurban, South Africa. Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham, who will be co-hosting a new TV show called “Buzz From Brazil”, will chat about how to get the […]

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Darryl O’Donnell appointed as head of AFAO

Darryl O’Donnell appointed as head of AFAO

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has announced the appointment of Darryl O’Donnell as Executive Director. Mr O’Donnell has been appointed to replace current Executive Director Rob Lake until the end December 2016, when a national and international Executive recruitment will take place. Outgoing Executive Director Rob Lake said he has been proud to […]

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AIDS Councils join forces to call for PrEP treatment in Australia

AIDS Councils join forces to call for PrEP treatment in Australia

To mark this World AIDS Day on December 1st, AIDS councils and organisations across Australia are demanding immediate access to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis treatment (PrEP) in Australia. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), The National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS councils across the country have joined forces to urge the government to […]

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National HIV Rates Rise Again

National HIV Rates Rise Again

HIV rates across Australia had their biggest rise in 20 years in 2012. The latest data on HIV was released at the Australasian HIV Conference in Darwin last week. While HIV rates have increased annually over the last 13 years, the biggest increase was in 2012, a dramatic jump of 10% equating to 1253 new […]

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