• Reaching overseas born men who have sex with men for HIV prevention and research – What next?

    A report on the symposium session on day 2 of the Conference.

    One of the emergent themes of this conference that has made an impression on me has been the conversations and debates about “tackling” the issue of working with men who have sex with men wo are born overseas.

    We have seen from the data presented on the first day by Professor Rebecca Guy and repeated throughout the last 2 days. The national trends of new HIV infections state MSM who are born overseas especially Asian and Latin American men. The Kirby Institute indicates that rates for HIV infections have risen from 31% to 47% in 4 years.

  • Engaging primary health in testing and PrEP Provision and HIV treatment as a strategy for reaching diverse communities

    A report on the symposium session “Engaging primary health in testing and PrEP Provision and HIV treatment as a strategy for reaching diverse communities”.

    The 2018 HIV AIDS Conference in Sydney has started as promised; full of challenges, opportunities and hope.

    The options of proffered papers as always made it hard to choose which to attend. This year I chose not to race between individual presentations, but to immerse myself in the theme of a full session. As a Nurse Consultant working in Community Health, the theme of Engaging Primary health in Testing and PrEP Provision and HIV treatment as a strategy for reaching diverse communities appealed to me.