HIV diagnoses in Australia hit 18-year low, but there is still a way go

ABC News

3 July 2019 - Australia has solidified its reputation as a world leader in HIV prevention, recording its lowest number of new HIV cases in almost two decades.

However, challenges remain in reducing transmission among heterosexuals and the Indigenous population.

New figures released today by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales reveal 835 HIV diagnoses were made in 2018, the lowest number on record since 2001.

Widespread HIV testing and treatment, alongside the introduction of HIV preventative medicine Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, was behind the public health success.

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