A recent Kirby Institute report about the dramatic difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous HIV rates, attributed a 41% increase in 5 year to a lack of education about new preventative measures. You can read more here:
“Although we have come a long way in the past thirty years, with improvements to medications and knowing that treatment as prevention works, being diagnosed with HIV is still a significant event for an individual,” says Mr Brent Clifton, who is coordinating the study. “By engaging with the experiences of people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV, we’re hoping to find out why some people living with HIV today experience better care and wellbeing outcomes than others, and ultimately uncover the data that will allow us to fill these gaps.”
You can read more about the study here: https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/news/new-study-seeks-understand-contemporary-experiences-living-hiv-australiaRead more
“According to the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61% of people living with HIV are concerned about future placement in an aged care facility.”
Read the full Guardian article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/30/a-generation-of-people-with-hivaids-enter-nursing-homes-still-afraid-of-prejudiceRead more
“Our research shows that the neurological impact of HIV goes beyond pure biology,” says Dr. Lesley Fellows, a researcher at The Neuro and the study’s senior author. “The psychological and social environment in which the patient lives also plays a role. This study underscores the need for interventions that reduce social stigma and support resilience against its toxic effects on brain health.”Read more
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PrEP stands for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is an antiretroviral medication that is taken by HIV negative people to prevent HIV infection. Studies from around the world have shown that if taken daily, PrEP works.
PrEP is a very effective HIV prevention tool. It is an exciting medical advancement for anyone who might be at high risk of acquiring HIV. Among heterosexuals, PrEP might be a suitable prevention tool for partners of HIV positive people. While studies have proven that HIV treatments prevent a HIV positive person from transmitting the virus to their partners, we recognise that PrEP may play a role in decreasing anxiety around sex and intimacy for people in serodiscordant relationships.”
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