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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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The Slow Moves Towards Rapid Testing

In October last year the Melbourne Declaration was launched. A clear strategy on what Australia needs to do to tackle growing rates of HIV. Introducing rapid testing is a key requirement of the strategy, but its rollout is still likely to take considerable time. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom a different approach has been taken […]

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AIDS Council of South Australia Closed

AIDS Council of South Australia Closed

The AIDS Council of South Australia has closed. Last month the organisation was placed under administration but it has now been declared insolvent. The South Australian government says the funded programs offered by the organisation will be taken up by other agencies. South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling has told ABC Radio, “We’ll be in […]

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New Grim Reaper Campaign Criticised

New Grim Reaper Campaign Criticised

The Queensland Government’s new HIV/AIDS prevention campaign that resurrects the 1980’s Grim Reaper campaign continues to draw concern that it could do more harm than good. The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC), an organisation that has had a significant amount of funding cut under the new Liberal Government, has been critical of the advertisements. […]

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