ASHM condemns Queensland sexual health cuts ASHM is joining doctors, nurses, patients and sexual health clinic workers to protest plans to axe 40 sexual health jobs in clinics in Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Wide Bay, Cairns, and the Torres Strait. "The recently announced cuts to sexual health and HIV services at this crucial time is a disaster. This is a time where we need to encourage people to test and to test more frequently," said ASHM President A/Prof Edwina Wright. You can read ASHM's press release, and sign a petition urging the Premier of Queensland and Health Minister to commit to keeping sexual health clinics in Brisbane open.
NSW Health Minister launches 'Ending HIV' campaign On the 8th of February, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner launched Ending HIV: a ground-breaking education initiative designed to help end the HIV epidemic in NSW, timed to coincide with the start of this year's historic 35th Sydney Mardi Gras festival.
Two papers in The New England Journal of Medicine, one co-authored by ASHM President Edwina Wright and the other co-authored by board member David Cooper and ASHM member Anthony Kelleher - suggest that starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) early after HIV infection is diagnosed may improve patients' immune response, boosting the initial recovery of the immune system and delaying progression of the disease. A/Prof Edwina Wright and A/Prof Anthony Kelleher provided reviews about their respective research.
ASHM welcomes decision on Needle & Syringe Exchange Program for ACT prison Thursday, 16 August 2012: The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) joins other key health organisations in welcoming the ACT Government's decision to introduce a Needle and Syringe Exchange Program in an ACT prison. The decision is part of a new health strategy to tackle blood-borne viruses (BBVs) at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). Read the full ASHM press release.
ASHM reports live from Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference A number of ASHM members are in Auckland right now providing a live report-back from the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference. The reporters will be highlighting presentations in their areas of interest which they think are particularly important for clinicians, researchers and policy makers in Australasia. Visit our Viral Hepatitis report-back website to read the reports, subscribe to blogs, and make your own comments.
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