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World AIDS Day launch has HIV covered

Burnet Institute

01 December, 2017

Image: Community Forum participants Bruce Parnell, Dr Chris Lemoh, Professor Sharon Lewin, Richard Keane and Christabel Millar

The State Government’s release of its Victorian HIV Strategy 2017-2020 and announcement of funding to establish an HIV cure research consortium were among the highlights of the official Victorian Community Launch of World AIDS Day 2017.

The event included inspirational speeches from members of Living Positive Victoria and insights into the latest HIV research from Associate Professor Edwina Wright, and Professor of HIV Medicine at The Alfred hospital, Jenny Hoy.

Burnet Health Systems Strengthening Specialist Bruce Parnell chaired a lively Community Forum, and the day concluded with presentations on the latest HIV research by mHIVE researchers from RMIT, and the Doherty and Burnet Institutes.

Victorian Health Minister The Hon Jill Hennessy announced the State Government’s endorsement of the U=U campaign, and the provision of $1.2 million to establish an HIV cure research consortium and $1.5 million for the PrEPX study.

U=U stands for Undetectable = Untransmittable, a message based on more than two decades of accumulated evidence that a person living with HIV who has undetectable viral load does not transmit HIV to their partners.

Image: Greens MHR Adam Bandt opens the mHIVE Symposium on HIV Prevention

“Stigma and misinformation about HIV stop people getting tested and treated – we want Victorians to get tested, get supported and get treated,” Ms Hennessy said.

“We’ve set ambitious targets so we can pursue our ultimate goal: a cure for HIV. We’ve already seen a reduction in Victorian HIV notifications with our PrEPX trial, and that is an excellent outcome – but there is more to do.”

President of Living Positive Victoria, Christabel Millar, welcomed the Government’s endorsement of the U=U Consensus Statement.

“Our collaborative partnerships provide the opportunity to achieve the Government’s goals to end stigma and end to HIV,” Ms Millar said.

The Victorian HIV strategy 2017-2020 provides a commitment to improve prevention, testing and treatment of HIV, and work to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination.

A key target of the strategy is to have 95 per cent of people with HIV diagnosed, accessing the best treatment, and achieving undetectable viral load by 2030.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Bruce Parnell

Infectious Diseases and Health Systems Strengthening Specialist

Telephone

+61392822279

Email

bruce.parnell@burnet.edu.au

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