HIV stigma and lateral violence within Indigenous communities

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As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island/First Nation people of Australia we still continue to face major challenges and barriers from mainstream society and also within our own communities. This is especially true for Indigenous people living with HIV (PLHIV). From the first contact of European people on the shores of Australia, Aboriginal people have endured dispossession of their traditional lands and loss of... Read more

A Perspective on Treatment History: Where Are We Now? New Drugs and Treatment Strategies

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Before the 1996 “protease moment” (i.e. the breakthrough arrival of effective triple combination therapies) HIV treatment was marked by ineffective treatment resulting in drug failure and drug resistance.  Combination therapy marked a new era, a veritable turning point. Throughout the late 90’s and into the new Millennium of the year 2000 triple combination drugs were coming into longer-term use and observation... Read more

Conference Countdown: Getting Up To Speed With HIV Criminalisation

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QPP’s office is buzzing with anticipation and excitement over the release of the AIDS 2014 program.  HIV Criminalisation is to be a major focus of the AIDS 2014 Conference with it featuring in a number of programs.  With only 3 weeks until the Conference, QPP brings you its 5 minute catch-up guide to the recent (and not so recent) HIV criminalisation developments from around the globe. If you attending the AIDS 201... Read more

A Blueprint For Health

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Whether you are living long term with HIV or are recently diagnosed, an important part of living well with HIV is to look after your body as much as treating your virus. It’s never too early to take control and establish a ‘blueprint’ plan for your health. WWW.YOURBODYBLUEPRINT.ORG.AU This website is designed to help guide all people living with HIV (PLHIV) to develop a plan to for better health – regardless... Read more

Experiences of HIV – The Seroconversion Study

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What do we do? People in Australia recently diagnosed with HIV are invited to participate in the Seroconversion Study, conducted by the Kirby Institute (University of New South Wales) and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University). Funding is generously provided by the Health Departments of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, NT and the ACT. The study has been running since 1992 and... Read more

Delving Deeper into Discrimination Law

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One of the goals of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was the elimination of stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV through promotion of laws and policies that ensure the full realisation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Discrimination Law is one of the formal legal mechanisms that aims to eliminate HIV discrimination and stigma. The key piece of discrimination... Read more

The Female Condom Explained

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With all the discussion about biomedical prevention strategies and the advances within the prevention paradigm, condoms are still recommended as an effective prevention method. Not only do they prevent the transmission of HIV but they are an effective barrier method for the prevention of other STIs and pregnancy. It is well known that if condoms are used properly and consistently they are an effective prevention tool. ... Read more

New Combined Single Tablet Regimen (STR) Stribild Launched in Australia

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STRIBILD® (formerly known as “QUAD”) is now approved in Australia. This is the third* available Single Tablet Regimen (STR) taken as one pill, once daily. Stribild comprises elvitegravir (a new Integrase Inhibitor) + Truvada (tenofovir & emtricitabine/FTC) + cobicistat (a new booster drug, alternative to ritonavir boosting historically used in other combinations). Whilst the term “Quad” and the 4 drug... Read more

Supporting a friend or loved one that is living with HIV

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I want to first of all make emphasis that HIV cannot be transmitted by casual contact. This means that you can still hug, kiss and share a drink with your loved one. No two people living with HIV (PLHIV) will have the same experiences living with HIV and as such, no two PLHIV will require the same type of support. It is also important to acknowledge that often people supporting a loved one with HIV require support of... Read more

The treatment access riddle: Which comes first-the chicken or the egg?

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A little over a month ago, we posted a blog talking about the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and Australia's response to those commitments in the Melbourne Declaration. One of the action areas identified in the Melbourne Declaration is the uptake and access to treatment for PLHIV. The action area identified three goals necessary to improve treatment uptake and access: Enhance the scope for... Read more