HIV Prevention Group

Head: Professor Mark Stoové


Image: HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

In Australia, HIV notifications increased substantially in the early 2000s and have remained intractably high since. While recent scale-up of biomedical HIV prevention strategies have the potential to impact the HIV epidemic in Australia, challenges remain for ensuring their equitable deployment and optimal strategic investment. HIV is also a major public health issue across Southeast Asia where approximately 10 per cent of the world’s 37 million adults and children living with HIV reside.

The HIV Prevention group conducts innovative epidemiological and implementation research aimed at understanding the transmission and prevention of HIV, with a particular focus on those populations most at risk, such as men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs.


  • Undertaking research involving the groups most at risk and vulnerable to HIV, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Integrating findings from our surveillance, epidemiology and research work to inform policy and practice to prevent HIV transmission.


  • Suck It and See and COUNT

Suck it and See was Australia’s first HIV community bio-prevalence that aimed to measure and better understand undiagnosed HIV among gay men in Melbourne. The importance of undiagnosed HIV in driving the epidemic has become increasingly recognised, and the HIV Prevention group later collaborated with the University of NSW to undertake Australia’s first national study of undiagnosed HIV – COUNT.

In collaboration with the Victorian AIDS Council and the Victorian Government, the HIV Prevention group led the establishment of Australia’s first shop-front, community-based and peer-led, HIV testing service for gay men as part of a two-year trial. The Victorian AIDS Council has since established the PRONTO! service as an integral part of Victoria’s community and clinical HIV prevention and care landscape. Burnet Institute continues to monitor testing at PRONTO! and evaluate service outcomes.


  • ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Ageing Well with HIV

  • Assessing the feasibility of an integrated HIV cascade of care surveillance system in Myanmar (ACCESS Myanmar)

  • Blood-borne virus and STI self-testing❗Student Projects Available

  • Community-Based Rapid HIV Testing Services

  • HIV Prevention Cohort

  • PrEPX: Rapid scale-up of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  • Project Geldom

  • PRONTO! Rapid HIV point-of-care testing in Victoria

  • Sexual health and STIs among people who use drugs❗Student Projects Available

  • SHARP: Sexual Health And Risk Prevention Study

  • TAIPAN: HIV cascade surveillance

Staff Members

  • Doctor Alisa Pedrana

    Doctor Alisa Pedrana
    Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Discipline Head, Public Health; Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Coordinator

  • Brendan  Harney

    Brendan Harney
    Research Assistant; 2022 Student Representative

  • Doctor Bridget Draper

    Doctor Bridget Draper
    Senior Research Officer

  • Caroline Taunton

    Caroline Taunton
    Surveillance Officer | Master of Philosophy (Applied Epidemiology) Candidate

  • Doctor Daniela van Santen

    Doctor Daniela van Santen
    Postdoctoral fellow

  • Doctor David  Leitinger

    Doctor David Leitinger
    Honorary Fellow

  • Dean Cassano

    Dean Cassano
    Research Assistant

  • Doctor Elly Layton

    Doctor Elly Layton
    Public Health Registrar

  • Doctor Imogen Elsum

    Doctor Imogen Elsum
    Research Program Manager

  • Jake D Franklin

    Jake D Franklin
    PhD Candidate

  • Leila Bell

    Leila Bell
    Research Assistant /PhD student

  • Professor Margaret Hellard AM

    Professor Margaret Hellard AM
    Deputy Director, Programs; Adjunct Professor, Monash University, DEPM.

  • Professor Mark A Stoové

    Professor Mark A Stoové
    Head, Public Health; Head, HIV Prevention Group; Co-Head, Justice Health Group

  • Michael Traeger

    Michael Traeger
    Research Officer

  • Nancy Shi

    Nancy Shi
    Honours Student

  • Doctor Phone Myint Win

    Doctor Phone Myint Win
    Country Representative, Myanmar

  • Doctor Tafireyi Marukutira

    Doctor Tafireyi Marukutira
    TB Specialist – Public Health