Globally, an estimated 37.7 million people were living with HIV, with 74 percent on life-saving antiretroviral treatment, according to UNAIDS.
In Australia, more than 29,000 people were living with HIV in 2020 with an estimated 1 in 10 people unaware of their HIV-positive status. According to annual HIV surveillance data, there were 633 new HIV diagnoses in 2020, representing a decline of 37 per cent over the previous five years.
Burnet’s HIV research uses a multifaceted approach and focuses on four pillars towards eliminating HIV:
- Prevention and vaccines
- Modelling and surveillance
- Treatment and quality of life
The goals of our Eliminate HIV program include:
- Facilitating reductions in new HIV infections in Australia and internationally through an improved understanding of the major drivers of transmission.
- Working towards HIV elimination by addressing key barriers to the implementation of evidence-based HIV prevention programs, and expanding access to HIV diagnosis and treatment.
- Using basic, discovery and translational research to develop, trial and implement new strategies and tools that assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV.