It's no longer a death penalty: Australia is making progress in diagnosing and managing HIV
Prior to World AIDS Day, newsGP talked to an expert on sexual health about progress in the fight against HIV.
World Aids Day aims to raise awareness and community support for those with HIV and AIDS.
The World AIDS Day is being held on December 1st each year to raise the awareness of the community on HIV and AIDS and to show support for people living with HIV.
The introduction of the Pre-Exposure Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PAP) of the PBS earlier this year helped Australia become one of the first countries in the world to stop the transmission of HIV.
In addition, as part of its commitment to end the transmission of HIV, the Federal Government announced funding for the first self-test kit for HIV, the Atomo Self Test – a single-use antibodies test for a quick finger.
Government funding for the fifth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait of Blood Bank Virus and Strategies for Sexually Transmitted Infections are also underway to support the closure of the gap between Aboriginal people and residents of the Torres Strait Islander and the results of the state of health who are not indigenous Australians.
Speaking at the House of Parliament this week, Labor Senator Penny Wong said Australia is leading the fight against HIV and AIDS.
"As a result of the excellent work of governments, health professionals and many others working with the LGBTIQ community … we are now living in an era where HIV is no longer a death sentence, and we can dare to hope for its elimination, Senator Wong said .
"The diagnosis and treatment should be supported by community education if progress needs to be made.
"Australia has succeeded because we continued on the basis of inclusion, without a judgment, and we also looked at prejudice and discrimination on the road."
About sexual health doctor Dr. Vincent Cornelis for newsGP that the introduction of PrEP is a "game changer", with Australia seeing very rapid penetration of the drug.
"We prescribe PrEP [at my clinic] from 2014, initially as part of clinical trials, and now as a routine concern for people at risk of HIV, "says Dr. Cornelles.
"Since then, we have seen a massive reduction in diagnoses of HIV.
"PrEP also provided an incentive for people to engage with GP on a regular basis and for many people it resulted in other health benefits, such as access to mental health, vaccinations, interruption of smoking, improved cardiovascular risk, and regular screening of sexual health. "