ACON Welcomes The Latest NSW Government Roadmap To End HIV

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Agenda Published: Tuesday, 06 April 2021 15:45

The AIDS Council Of NSW (ACON) has welcomed the state government’s new five-year HIV strategy, aiming to achieve the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW.

The strategy builds on the state’s world-leading HIV response, which has recently seen significant advancements in HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

NSW Health data concludes that the number of men who have sex with men diagnosed with HIV in 2020 decreased by 36 per cent compared to the average of the last five years.

“HIV notifications continue to decline in NSW. The large decrease in new diagnoses, particularly among gay and bisexual men – the population group at most risk of HIV transmission – is extremely encouraging and shows our collective HIV prevention efforts are working,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says.

“The sustained decline in HIV notifications over the years is the result of the comprehensive and coordinated approach to HIV led by the NSW government. Over the years, they have continuously exhibited extraordinary global leadership in implementing a contemporary HIV response in NSW.”

Among the strategy’s key actions are addressing the barriers created by stigma, utilising new technologies and engaging priority populations.

“We look forward to continue working with the NSW Government, clinicians, researchers and community, as we march towards our goal of ending HIV transmission for all.”

Visit the NSW Health website to read the strategy.

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