The Evidence for U=U: Why Negligible Risk Is Zero Risk

August 10, 2017

Over the last year, hundreds of HIV organisations have joined a new campaign to endorse the statement that HIV transmission does not occur when viral load is undetectable on ART.

And while the dramatic impact of ART on reducing HIV transmission has been known for a long time, it is new to say ART stops transmission completely.

AMA throws its weight behind same-sex marriage, declares it a health issue

The Age

The nation’s most powerful doctors’ group has thrown its weight behind same-sex marriage for the first time, declaring it a public health issue and calling on politicians to end the divisive debate.

In an unprecedented move, the president of the typically conservative group, Dr Michael Gannon, has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten urging bipartisanship.

  • Read more of article here
  • Read AMA press release here
  • Download position paper here 

 

 

NASTAD Releases Statement of HIV Risk When Undetectable

Poz, USA, March 2017

The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released its own statement regarding the risk of sexual transmission of HIV from people who are virally suppressed.

The statement affirms that “durably virally suppressed people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy do not sexually transmit the virus.” It describes virally suppressed as “having a consistent viral load of less than < 200 copies/ml.”

FPAA’s statement opposing the global removal of funding to reproductive services

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA), 27 January 2017

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) opposes the Global Gag Rule, reinstated by US President Trump on Monday 23 January 2017, which prohibits international organisations from receiving US Aid if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services.

This action will set a global agenda in restricting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive and sexual health services. Marie Stopes International has estimated that without US funding, the loss of services during Trump’s first term, between 2017 and 2020, would result in:
– 6.5 million unintended pregnancies
– 2.2 million abortions
– 2.1 million unsafe abortions
– 21,700 maternal deaths

SHine SA is a member of the FPAA and a signatory to this media statement.

 

Position statement on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination

VAC, 2015/2017

Community members have recently been expressing interest in human papillomavirus vaccines (HPV) in online discussions. Health bodies in both the UK and Ireland have recommended that all gay and bisexual men receive the vaccine in order to reduce their risk of certain cancers.

VAC developed a position statement on this issue back in July 2015 in association with Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, which states that VAC believes the vaccines should be made available free of charge to all gay, bisexual and other MSM under the age of 26, and to all people living with HIV.

Download the position statement (PDF) at this link: PositionStatement_HPVvaccination_JULY2015

AMA calls for needle and syringe programs (NSPs) to be introduced in prisons

Australian Medical Association, January 9th 2017

The AMA has called for needle and syringe programs (NSPs) to be introduced in prisons and other custodial settings, to reduce the spread of Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) including hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that prevalence of BBVs is significantly higher in prisons, yet custodial facilities provide a unique opportunity to protect the health of inmates.

A new AMA position statement also warns against making transmission of a BBV a crime, and calls for specific resourcing and management of HLTV-1, a relatively unknown BBV that affects Aboriginal people in central Australia.

Read more here