19,000 Australians now using PBS subsidised anti-HIV drugs

The Australian

25 March 2019 - About 19,000 Australians have taken advantage of anti-HIV drugs in the first two years of groundbreaking PrEP regimen being subsidised via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Researchers point to the increasing number of HIV-positive Australians starting early anti­retroviral treatment to prevent its development and spread.

The latest surveillance report from the Kirby Institute estimated 27,545 people were living with HIV in 2017, and a recent decline in new diagnoses showed the ­potential for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect gay men from infection.

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