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A British MP has told the UK’s House of Commons that he is HIV-positive in a bid to tackle stigma around the disease ahead of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day on Saturday. Lloyd Russell-Moyle told his fellow MPs, “Next year, I’ll be marking an anniversary of my own, 10 years since I became …

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hiv self tests

Health advocates have welcomed the approval of HIV self-test kits in Australia, as the federal government announces a new HIV prevention strategy and funding for a new HIV drug ahead of World AIDS Day this Saturday. Australia’s first HIV home-testing kit was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday, allowing anyone who thinks they …

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World AIDS Day is a significant event for the LGBTI community. It’s a time to remember the people who lost their lives to the pandemic as well as a time to celebrate the lives of people living with HIV. In Brisbane, the Queensland AIDS Council hosts a Candlelight Vigil on December 1. In Cairns, a …

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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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A group of budding drag kings and queens from north Queensland are preparing to make their stage debut at a charity extravaganza this World AIDS Day. Community group Cairns Drag recently partnered with the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) to run an eight week drag workshop, where the group of performers developed looks and characters. The …

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Wentworth by-election Kerryn Phelps WON

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) about a fake email that claimed she had withdrawn from this Saturday’s Wentworth by-election because she has HIV. Dr Phelps’ campaign manager Darrin Barnett told ABC News he was seeking legal advice on any potential breaches of the law and was considering reporting …

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blood donation stock photo

Experts have called for an easing of Australia’s blood donation policy, which effectively bans gay men from donating blood. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 months. But experts from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) say scientific advancements mean …

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Rapid HIV test

New research has shown that a record 92 per cent of gay and bisexual men living with HIV are on treatment and achieving an undetectable viral load. Having an undetectable viral load means the men can’t pass HIV on to others. That number is at a record high for the third year in a row, …

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HIV transmission

The Queensland AIDS Council will receive $870,000 in state government funding in a bid to get more Queenslanders at risk of HIV to take up prevention medication PrEP. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction …

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HIV transmission

Queensland’s Health Department will close the state’s trial of HIV prevention medication PrEP 18 months earlier than planned, removing $740,000 in funding from the Queensland AIDS Council. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with …

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