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NAPWHA is a key partner in Australia's coordinated response to HIV. Working with governments, the pharmaceutical industry, the research sector and other community-based organisations, NAPWHA ensures that the voices of people with HIV are heard at every level of the response.

NAPWHA is committed to action to reduce HIV infections in Australia and our region, and to improve the capacity of communities affected by HIV to participate in the response to the epidemic.

Where are we with rapid HIV testing?

Positive Living article • Phillip Keen • 30 August 2012

Australia has yet to approve rapid HIV testing. Currently, the only way to access the technology is through clinical trials.

Two of these are in the final stages of data collection and analysis, with results due to be presented at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference in October. read more »

Serodiscordant couples needed for important study

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 30 August 2012

We currently don’t know how much being on treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission within serodiscordant gay relationships.

The Opposites Attract study is a globally unique research project being launched in Australia to find out just that read more »

America leads in more ways than one

Positive Living article • Robert Mitchell • 30 August 2012

After a 25-year absence, the World AIDS Conference returned to the United States this year.

Taking advantage of the lifted travel ban on PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA., NAPWHA's president, Robert Mitchell was there. read more »

19th International AIDS Conference opens in Washington DC

Media release • 23 July 2012

On the eve of the world’s largest gathering of AIDS researchers, activists and policy makers, NAPWHA is calling on the Australian Government to show greater leadership in international efforts to finally end the global AIDS epidemic. read more »

Time for Australia to get its act together

Media release • 17 July 2012

Landmark US approval of the drug (Truvada) TDF/FTC for use in preventing HIV infections in sexually active HIV negative adults read more »

Prevention gets topical

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier and Jane Costello • 8 June 2012

Only two years ago, we had scant evidence that a product used before sex could prevent HIV. Since then, the Caprisa 004 trial has proved that a gel applied topically to the vagina can reduce the chance of HIV infection, and several trials have shown that a tablet taken orally can do the same.

Next on the agenda are rectal microbicide gels and multi prevention technologies designed to prevent pregnancy as well as HIV.

But where does this new technology leave those of us who already have HIV? Adrian Ogier and Jane Costello report from the International Microbicides Conference held in Sydney in April. read more »

Help take first step to eradicating HIV

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012
Defeating HIV

Are you HIV positive? Live in Melbourne? Aged between 18 and 60? Had an undetectable viral loadA measurement of the quantity of HIV RNA in the blood. Viral load blood test results are expressed as the number of copies (of HIV) per milliliter of blood plasma. for at least three years? Had a CD4 count above 500 for at least six months? And on ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. treatment?

We need you for a new trial into an agent that may be the first step towards eradicating HIV from the body. The drug is called Vorinostat and the study involves taking it for 14 days. read more »

CALD more likely to be diagnosed late

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012
Culturally and linguistically diverse communities

A survey conducted by the National Centre in HIV Social Research has found that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced HIV disease in Australia — although late diagnosis was also a problem among study participants from Anglo-Australian backgrounds. read more »

Superinfection risk higher than imagined

Positive Living article • co-infectiousdiseases.com • 8 June 2012
HIV prevention

The risk of becoming superinfected (contracting another strain[HIV strain] Any subgroup of the HIV species. Because HIV mutates very easily, there are many different strains (and may be multiple strains within a single person). of hiv to the one you have already) may be as high in the community as the risk of contracting hiv, according to a paper released in february.

Superinfection can be difficult to detect, claim the writers, and is undoubtedly underdiagnosed.

However, many superinfections are unlikely to be clinically relevant. read more »

Spotlight on Seattle

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

The 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (Croi) was held in Seattle in march. Here are some important highlights. read more »

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