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The wait is over

Story • Adrian Ogier • 20 March 2014
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What has changed?

Until April 2014, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) did not allow doctors to prescribe HIV treatment to people with CD4 counts above 500 who had no clinicalPertaining to or founded on observation and treatment of participants, as distinguished from theoretical or basic science. symptoms.

This barrier has now been removed, and today anyone in Australia with HIV who has a Medicare card can receive subsidised treatment through the PBS.

Whether you choose to start treatment or not is something you need to think carefully about in consultation with your doctor. read more »

Tags: Treating HIV, Accessing HIV care and treatment, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Treating HIV

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Major PBS Barrier to HIV Treatment Lifted

Changes to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS) prescribing rules for HIV drugs, effective from today, will allow all Australians with HIV to start treatment as early as they choose.

This follows a successful submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. ), the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. ), which sought removal of a major regulatory barrier to early HIV treatment. read more »

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New HIV study shows treatment can deliver ‘zero’ risk of transmission

The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) has welcomed interim results from a large study indicating that an HIV positive person on successful HIV treatment poses virtually no risk of passing HIV onto their partner.

This study is the first to include a large number of gay couples where one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative. It therefore has particular relevance to Australia, where most people with HIV are men who have sex with men. read more »

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