ASHM Advocacy Report

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ASHM ADVOCACY REPORT. The AO attended the HIV Immigration and Legal Satellite which offered an insight into difficulties faced by PLHIV in the Australian immigration process. The session included a panel of esteemed speakers including Associate Professor Heather Worth (Head of International HIV Research Group UNSW), Indraveer Chatterjee (Principal Solicitor for the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre), Richard Johnson (Australian... Read more

Behaviour Trends and Challenges for HIV Prevention

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In 2012, there were 1,253 HIV notifications across the country, being a 10% increase from 2011. The same pattern is occurring in Queensland, with 206 new diagnoses of HIV in 2012, a 6% increase on the previous year. The Gay Community Periodic Survey is one report that can give an insight into understanding how and why the rise in HIV notifications might be occurring. At the recent ASHM (Australasian Society for HIV... Read more

It’s time to talk about HIV

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So much has changed in the treatment of HIV in the last few years that you may be surprised to realise that HIV is now a chronic manageable condition. It may be hard to believe, but the stigma associated with HIV, as a consequence of years of negative publicity, is the biggest barrier we have to preventing transmission. Queensland Positive People (QPP) would like to begin a movement that will breakdown the stigma... Read more

Atazanavir with Kaletra in Pregnancy

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Adverse Event Rates Similar With High-Dose ATV/r and LPV/r During Pregnancy 53rd ICAAC, September 10-13, 2013, Denver Mark Mascolini Adverse events were frequent but mild in US HIV-positive women taking high-dose atazanavir/ritonavir (ATV/r) or lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) during pregnancy in a nonrandomized retrospective comparison [1]. An overall toxicity metric did not differ between women taking ATV/r and... Read more

HIV is Different Now

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There is a new optimistic message from a growing number of clinicians, politicians and PLHIV: "HIV is different now". The scientific understanding of HIV transmission and antiretroviral treatment has evolved considerably over the past few years: there is hope to further improve health outcomes for PLHIV with early initiation of treatment. A lot of excitement has also been generated by the discovery that an... Read more

International Women’s Day

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QPP’s FIRST inaugural International Women’s Day (IWD) event was held at the State Resource Centre in East Brisbane on Saturday 9 March and was supported by over 30 women on the day.  The aim of the day was to include women in our program’s support and encourage them to share experiences and support each other in a private and protected space.  It was also a chance for QPP to demonstrate our services and... Read more

Women’s Conference November 2012

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The aim of the weekend was to offer a space for women and teenage girls living with HIV to meet, share experiences and create social circles - imperative to building confidence and trust, while also providing information and strategies to assist them in feeling more empowered and liberated in their daily lives. The main objectives of the conference were to facilitate networking, provide a weekend of relaxation and... Read more