Australia’s fourth National HIV/AIDS Strategy Changes and Challenges affirms the central role of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Australian response to the epidemic, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS said today.
“The experience of living with HIV in Australia has changed dramatically since the advent of more effective treatment, and Changes and Challenges provides a strategic framework for accommodating those changes,” said Peter Canavan, president of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS.
Poverty, treatment side effects, co-infection with hepatitis C and significant rates of clinicalPertaining to or founded on observation and treatment of participants, as distinguished from theoretical or basic science. and sub-clinical depression and other mental health problems are serious problems experienced by people with HIV according to the most recent Australian social research.
“Changes and Challenges emphasises the importance of partnership approaches which are particularly important as treating HIV becomes more complex and interdisciplinary,” said Canavan.
Research has shown a greater gulf between people with HIV enjoying relatively good health and those living with chronic ill health who are increasingly dependent upon HIV/AIDS service organisations, Canavan explained.
“It is therefore important that Changes and Challenges can provide direction that covers the spectrum of health that is living with HIV in the era of combination therapyHighly Active AntiRetroviral Therapy ??? aggressive treatment of HIV infection using several different drugs together.,” said Canavan.
“This strategy also indicates a greater role for Australia in the regional epidemic, and recognises that a key part of the relative success of the Australian model has been the involvement of positive people,” said Canavan.