AFAO publishes Australian PrEP roundup

 Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), 23 August, 2016

Following the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) decision not to recommend funding PrEP through the Pharmaceutical Benifits Scheme (PBS), AFAO has produced an Australian PrEP roundup paper to sustain advocacy efforts and to raise awareness about current options for accessing PrEP around the country.

In releasing their decision, the PBAC has said they accept the importance of PrEP but were unable to recommend it for a number of  reasons, including the cost-effectiveness of the price submitted by Gilead Sciences.

Despite this setback, AFAO will continue with community advocacy to have Gilead Sciences resubmit its application as soon as possible. Interim PrEP access arrangements remain crucial in the meantime.

Download Australian PrEP roundup

On World Hepatitis Day it’s time to talk about HIV and hepatitis C

National Association of people with HIV Australia, July 28 2016

On World Hepatitis Day, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the Kirby Institute and Hepatitis Australia are raising awareness about HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection.

An estimated 3,000 Australians are living both with HIV and HCV. HCV is more prevalent among people with HIV than in the broader population and is a major risk for health complications in people with HIV. HIV worsens hepatitis C-related liver disease, fastens the progression to cirrhosis, and leads to higher rates of death from both liver failure and liver cancer.

  • Read more by downloading document (MS Word) here: WHDMRFINAL
  • Access NAPHWA’s website here
  • Access Hepatitis SA’s website here

HIV Criminal Cases: Media Guide

AFAO, Updated 2016

In Australia, each state/territory has different criminal laws under which someone can be charged with reckless, negligent or deliberate transmission of HIV to another person (generally for sexual transmission), or for exposing another person to HIV. Criminal cases in Australia involving HIV transmission or exposure are rare.

The quality of Australian media reports of criminal cases involving HIV transmission or exposure varies: on some occasions it has been accurate but on others media reports have been inaccurate  or overtly sensational.

The effect of sensationalised reporting that misrepresent the facts is that it can feed misconceptions regarding transmission and risk, dehumanise the people involved in the cases and demonise all people with HIV.

The Media Tool Kit as a whole contains the following topics:

  • Reporting on HIV prevention
  • Reporting on PrEP
  • Reporting HIV data
  • HIV cure research
  • HIV criminal cases
  • HIV exposure risk in the community
  • Reporting HIV: best practice tips +
  • Ethics and principles for HIV reporting
  • Background briefings
  • Media releases
  • HIV timeline

Read more here

Final Seronconversion Report findings released

AFAO, April 2016

Results from the 2007-2015 Seroconversion Study Report were presented at the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference in Manly, on Wednesday 20 April

Data from the latest and final report indicates that gay and bisexual men change their behaviour substantially following an HIV diagnosis, generally in ways that greatly reduce the possibility of onward transmission.

Behaviour changes include partner reduction, partner selection (serosorting), disclosure of HIV status, and reduced likelihood of condomless sex. Contact with peers seems to support these kinds of changes

  • Read more here
  • Download report (PDF) here

New campaign: Get PEP

AFAO, 08 February, 2016

‘Get PEP’ is a new nation-wide campaign, produced by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), that aims to increase gay men’s knowledge and awareness of PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis).

‘Get PEP’ is based around the website www.getpep.info. It provides a range of information about PEP, including what it is and how it works, as well as tips for people accessing it and for when they’re taking it.

Importantly, the website also provides the locations people can access PEP, including map search functionality, as well as PEP information lines for people to call for information and referrals.

  • Read more here
  • Acess the SA section directly here

 

HIV health promotion and young gay men – new resource

AFAO, 16 December, 2015

A new resource for HIV educators, Guiding Principles for Young Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion, is the product of several years of discussions among the AFAO membership about how to best address young gay men’s HIV risk and health promotion needs.

This process has included the discussion paper ‘Are Young gay men really so different?’, a scoping study of AFAO member organisations and key LGBTI-focussed youth and mental health services, and the Young Gay Men’s Health Promotion Workshop with expert HIV and sexual health educators held in May 2015.

The principles agreed upon are that HIV health promotion for young gay men should:

  • Strive for inclusivity
  • Be owned by young gay men
  • Build social and community connectivity among young gay men
  • Be real
  • Promote informed decision making
  • Be evaluated, effective and responsive.

The principles aim to respond to enormous diversity among young gay and same sex attracted (SSA) men and the existence of many different ‘youth cultures’. They are intended as a checklist to be revisited during program development, implementation and evaluation.

The Guiding Principles includes background to the development of the document, with reports on the scoping exercise and the workshop.

Download the Principles