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hiv prevention


HIV test in vending machine

A Queensland research team are set to make HIV testing kits available in two Brisbane vending machines in a pilot program to increase testing rates. Experts estimate a majority of people with HIV (89%) are aware of their status but there are still a proportion of those who don’t know they have HIV. Knowing your …

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Queensland has a huge program of events from one end of the state to the other to mark the 30th anniversary of the first ever global health awareness day, World AIDS Day, this year. World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year as a day to remember those we have lost and reflect …

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Man Jailed HIV self lubricating Condom

A team of US scientists say they’ve created a self lubricating condom that they hope will increase the rates of safe sex. The scientists at Boston University have developed a compound that can be applied to the latex of a condom that also holds a thin layer of water. They used it to create a latex …

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HIV antibody

More must be done to address rising rates of HIV transmissions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or Australia’s goal of ending new HIV transmissions by 2020 could be at risk, researchers say. New research published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows rates of new HIV transmissions among Indigenous Australians have risen by …

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HIV antibody

A promising candidate for a HIV vaccine may protect against dozens of strains of the virus and is almost ready for human testing, scientists say. The vaccine creates antibodies that attack a vulnerable site of the virus discovered two years ago, according to researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) …

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David Cooper

Immunologist Professor David Cooper HIV Research Pioneer Hundreds have gathered to remember immunologist Professor David Cooper as a pioneer and “global hero” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 in Sydney in March. Professor Cooper was appointed the inaugural …

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chemsex

Gay and bisexual men who use drugs while having sex are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs, a new study has found. The study, published in the medical journal HIV Medicine, reviewed information from 1,840 gay and bisexual men who used two sexual health clinics in London between 2014 …

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Courtney Act

Australian drag superstar Courtney Act has joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for a new campaign raising awareness of HIV treatment and “undetectable viral loads” in people living with HIV. According to the latest research, people living with HIV who are on successful treatment are incapable of passing HIV on to their sexual partners if …

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HIV transmission

HIV/AIDS advocates have welcomed the inclusion of $180 million in last night’s federal budget to fund the HIV prevention medication PrEP. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other …

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The cost of PrEP will be slashed from April 1, after the HIV prevention medication is finally listed and subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, …

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