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Aussie HIV diagnoses at seven-year low: study

HIV diagnoses in Australia have hit a

seven-year low, with the drop mainly among homosexual and bisexual men while

those involving heterosexuals have actually increased by 10 percent in the

last five years, latest figures from a major study showed.

The good news from the report is there's been a 7 percent decline in HIV

diagnoses in the past five years, with 953 diagnoses in 2017, which compares

to over 1,000 in previous years, Professor Rebecca Guy from the Kirby

Institute medical research group at the University of New South Wales,

Sydney, said in a briefing on its findings released on Monday.

What's interesting this year is the decline has not been equal across all

populations.

The declines were attributed to higher coverage of HIV testing and

treatment in the country, two important strategies to reduce HIV in the

community, she said.

Still, while there was a downward trend in diagnoses in recent years, the

rise in cases among heterosexuals meant that more tailored strategies were

needed to meet the challenges posed by the disease, according to the report.

HIV diagnoses rates in the indigenous population were also twice those of the

non-indigenous population.

The key message is, for people living with HIV, it's a whole new world,

Associate Professor Limin Mao from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in

Health said of the progress and advances of HIV treatment and prevention,

with increasing tendency for more frequent testing becoming an established

norm.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)