Prevention campaigns are being run around Australia and New Zealand, which include messaging around safer sex, frequent testing and early treatment as options for preventing the transmission of HIV. One such campaign is The Ending HIV Campaign which was developed by the AIDS Council Of NSW (ACON) and has now been picked up by many jurisdictions.
National PEP Guidelines (the second edition published in August 2016) have been developed and PrEP pilot studies have begun in several cities across Australia as medical prevention techniques.
Various testing options are now available to individuals, including traditional laboratory testing, which is freely available, as well as Point of Care Testing (PoCT) which was introduced in 2012 and has been rolled out in several States/Territories.
There is a significant effort to normalise HIV testing within the primary care setting as most HIV dianoses are made here. Support exists for clinicians making a new HIV diagnosis.
We work to support the health workforce by developing:
Point of Care Testing training curriculum
Contact tracing manual and online training resources
Policy and Advocacy, including exploration of new approaches to and technologies for testing such as Indicator Triggered testing and Dry Blood Spot testing
Clinical support and advice for practitioners making a new diagnosis
Partnership with other sector organisations to forward prevention, testing and diagnosis priorities