Can Australia be the first country to eliminate HIV transmissions?

ABC Radio National Life Matters, Monday 5 June 2017 9:06 AM

Did you know that Australia has a national strategy to reduce HIV transmission to zero by 2020? That’s a big ask and it’s only three years away.

There are currently about 25,000 people living with HIV in Australia and the number of new infections each year is down to about 1000. But it’s been stuck at that number for about five years.

This week in NSW it’s HIV testing week, a campaign which aims not only to encourage people to get tested but to normalise the idea of getting tested. Continuing stigma around HIV means that there are still too many people reluctant to get the test, even if they know they’re in a high risk group.

Guests: Darryl O’Donnell, Chief Executive of the Australian Federation of AIDS organisations (AFAO) & ‘Rachael’, a Melbourne woman living with HIV

 

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