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HIV clinical updates: new ASHM webpage
ASHM has a new webpage describing the recent to change to the PBAC scheme, specifically the removal of CD<500 requirement for ART. There you will find resource and links  with updated information about increasing the uptake of HIV testing and treatment. 
Public Consultation open: Draft National Strategies for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections
The public consultation period for the Draft National Strategies on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections has commenced today and will conclude on Friday 2 May 2014.  Visit the consultation website to make your comments.
ASHM members report-back from CROI 2014
The 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was recently held in Boston, Massachusetts.  ASHM members that attended CROI 2014 have reported-back on various sessions, so that you can brush up on the new research presented there, even if you didn't attend.  Visit ASHM's report-back site www.ashm.info to read all the posts from CROI 2014. You can also access the full broadcast of presentations from CROI
Public Summary Document - s100 criteria for HIV prescribing
Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM), National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) collaborated on a submission to PBAC regarding the removal of CD4+ cell count restriction for initiation of ART. The Public Summary Document is now available online.
Hepatitis B serology: New guide for pathology provider comments to improve GP understanding of results
Interpreting hepatitis B serology: Recommended wording for national laboratories to report hepatitis B diagnostic test results is a guide for pathology providers to use when providing interpretive comments with hepatitis B serology result reports. The comments aim to assist general practitioners with the appropriate diagnosis and management of people with hepatitis B.
ASHM welcomes positive change to HIV treatment availability
ASHM welcomes the PBAC's announcement to remove the CD4 + <500 count criteria for prescribing s100 medicines for HIV treatment. ASHM, in collaboration with AFAO and NAPWHA and with assistance from the Kirby Institute, led a major submission to have the CD4 count restriction lifted from prescribing antiretroviral therapy on the PBS. Read ASHM's press release and the joint press release issued by ASHM, AFAO and NAPWHA.
ASHM updates PEP Guidelines for HIV exposure
ASHM has released new post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guidelines for exposure to HIV. The updated guidelines combine non-occupational and occupational HIV exposure in a single document for the first time. A checklist for use in clinical settings is also included as part of the update. The National Guidelines and Checklist are available from www.ashm.org.au/pep-guidelines
Hepatitis B Mapping Project
The Hepatitis B Mapping Project is a joint initiative of ASHM and VIDRL, funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. The project will produce a comprehensive understanding of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in Australia using data that will help to inform awareness and intervention campaigns to suit the particular local needs of people living with CHB and those providing services to them.
 
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