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New Research: Gay men using HIV self-testing follow up results

New Research: Gay men using HIV self-testing follow up results

A new study in the USA has found that gay men who use self-administered rapid HIV tests follow up positive results with confirmatory testing. When self administered testing was introduced one of the main concerns was people would not take the next step in the treatment process. Encouraging people who are at risk of acquiring […]

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WA AIDS Council announce interim CEO Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe

WA AIDS Council announce interim CEO Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe

The Board of the WA AIDS Council have named Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe as Interim CEO of the organisation, following the tragic death of Andrew Burry over the weekend. Rowe has long been tied to WAAC, previously serving on the Board for over 10 years, where he spent three years as Chairperson. Rowe has also served […]

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WA AIDS Council CEO Andrew Burry passes away

WA AIDS Council CEO Andrew Burry passes away

Andrew Burry, the Chief Executive of the WA AIDS Council has passed away. Andrew suffered a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Taiwan. In a statement the WA AIDS Council said the news came as a shock and it was with great sadness they announced their leader’s passing. “Andrew served as CEO at the […]

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Liberal MP Joe Francis called out over Safe Schools claims

Liberal MP Joe Francis called out over Safe Schools claims

Joe Francis voices opposition to Safe Schools Liberal MP Joe Francis appeared on Perth radio station 6PR earlier this week saying politicians should always tell the truth, but advocates for the Safe Schools anti-bullying program say Francis and other Liberal MP’s are not being honest when they describe the program. Labor and The Greens have […]

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WA’s long anticipated PrEP trial welcomed

WA’s long anticipated PrEP trial welcomed

Western Australia’s long awaited PrEP trial has been welcomed by HIV advocates, but many have questioned why it took so long for it to be put into place. Western Australians will gain access to PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) through a trial being coordinated by the WA AIDS Council and M Clinic. Health Minister John Day has […]

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Western Australian PrEP trial approved

Western Australian PrEP trial approved

Western Australians will gain access to PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) through a trial being coordinated by the WA AIDS Council and M Clinic. Health Minister John Day has signed off on a trial that will include 2000 participants and will commence operating in the second half of 2017. The trial will be a partnership between the […]

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Why hasn’t there been a PrEP trial in Western Australia?

Why hasn’t there been a PrEP trial in Western Australia?

On World AIDS Day, Askanka Gunasekera, Chair of the WA AIDS Council, congratulated on South Australia on their recent announcement that they would hold a trial into PrEP treatment. ‚ÄúThis leaves Western Australia as the only major jurisdiction in Australia that has not made such arrangements. A proposal has been with the Minister for Health, […]

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New HIV awareness campaign hopes to start conversations

A growing number of younger people are acquiring HIV, a trend that has prompted the WA AIDS Council to launch a new campaign to encourage conversations about sexual health. The new campaign will run in the lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1st. The council described this years program as the most significant […]

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Blood donations rules to be reviewed

Blood donations rules to be reviewed

Australia’s health ministers have agreed to bring forward a review of the rules that prevent men who have had sex with other men (MSM) from donating blood. Currently MSM are banned from donating blood. To be eligible gay men must abstain from sex for 12 months. The longstanding rules were developed when there was concern […]

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WA AIDS Council marks 30 Years

WA AIDS Council marks 30 Years

The WA AIDS Council marked their 30th anniversary last week with a VIP event at Parliament House. Indigenous consultant Ingrid Cumming opened the evening with a stirring welcome to country, before WAAC CEO Andrew Burry addressed the crowd. Deputy Premier Dr Kim Hames spoke of the progress the WAAC has made in conjunction with Western […]

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