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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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New Major HIV Study: Test Reguarly and Treat Early

New Major HIV Study: Test Reguarly and Treat Early

People Living with HIV should begin treatment immediately rather than waiting until their immune system has been affected by the virus. The results from a world-first clinical trial have shown that early treatment of people with HIV has better long-term health outcomes than the previous approach where treatment is delayed. The finding has major implications […]

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Get Involved in World AIDS Day

Get Involved in World AIDS Day

December first is World AIDS day, an occasion to reflect on three decades of working to stem the effects of HIV and AIDS. There are a number of ways organisations and individuals can get involved in World AIDS Day. This year, the WA AIDS Council decided to mark the day in a new way. The […]

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Call For WA to Change Sexting Laws

Call For WA to Change Sexting Laws

In Victoria, new laws have been passed criminalizing the sharing of intimate images of a person without that person’s consent. This is just one of a number of changes made to the Crimes Act regarding sexting. It is also illegal to threaten the distribution of intimate photos against the wishes of the person involved. The […]

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World AIDS Day Awards Honour Heroes

The WA AIDS Council has paid tribute to the “heroes of the epidemic” at the 2013 World AIDS Day Awards. “These dedicated individuals and organisations have worked tirelessly to improve the knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and also impacted on the quality of life for those in Western Australia living with the virus,” WA AIDS […]

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New Strategy to Combat HIV in WA

New Strategy to Combat HIV in WA

The WA AIDS Council has launched a new strategy to tackle HIV in the state. The ‘An End to HIV in Western Australia’ is based on a similar campaign in the Eastern States but it has been adjusted to meet WA’s specific needs. The campaign was launched on Monday November 25th at Crown Perth by […]

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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 Candlelight Memorial

AIDS Candlelight Memorial

The 30th annual Candlelight Memorial was celebrated in Perth last night at the WA AIDS Memorial. The ceremony featured the traditional placing of candles to remember friends lost to AIDS, a philosophical reading and a live rendition of the song ‘That’s What Friend’s Are For’. A small crowd gathered for the event, a significant downturn […]

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HIV Notifications and PEP Treatment Increasing

HIV Notifications and PEP Treatment Increasing

The number of HIV notifications amongst men having sex with men has jumped by 38% compared to statistics from the previous 12 months in WA. Although this statistic looks worrying, the Chief Executive Officer for the WA AIDS Council, Andrew Burry, explains that this increase comes with new and improved testing strategies. Burry attributed the […]

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Rapid HIV Testing Approved

Rapid HIV Testing Approved

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the use of rapid HIV testing in Australia. Rapid testing allows a patient to discover their HIV status in 30 minutes, currently patients normally have to wait one week to find out their results. Enabling rapid testing is one of the key focuses of the Melbourne Declaration, a […]

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