Indigenous HIV rates on the rise

ABC Radio, Wednesday 13 July 2016 6:50AM

Health authorities are warning a major HIV epidemic in Australia’s Indigenous population is a real risk unless more is done to tackle sexual health issues.

For the first time, the rate of HIV infections in Indigenous Australians has increased in comparison to Australia’s non-Indigenous population.

There’s particular concern about a spike in HIV cases amongst Indigenous people in north Queensland, where doctors are linking the rise to a syphilis outbreak.

Guest: Dr Darren Russell, Director of Sexual Health, Cairns Base Hospital; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Clinical, James Cook University

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