The grant recognises how close Australia is to meeting all three 90-90-90 targets established by UNAIDS in 2016:
- Diagnose 90 per cent of all HIV-positive persons
- Provide treatment to 90 per cent of those diagnosed
- Achieve viral suppression for 90 per cent of those treated
The deadline to the extension for applications comes following recent news reporting it's still believed by a decent-sized group of people that HIV can be spread by saliva.
In addition, key findings from The Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project: People Living with HIV, by the UNSW Sydney Centre for Social Research in Health found that 74 per cent of participants surveyed had experienced stigma or discrimination in relation to their HIV status in the last year.
Judging by that, it's clear work is still needed to be done in order to tackle misinformation and lack of awareness.