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HIV treatment and prevention featured at Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services roadshow

Date posted: 25 August 2016

The Queensland (Qld) HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) Roadshow took place in July and August, 2016. The Roadshow was supported by the Qld Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) and the HIV Foundation Qld.

Participants had the opportunity to engage with health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and mainstream services in Qld. Speakers included Assistant Director, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Dr Rolando Barrios, Director of Operations British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Ms Irene Day, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professor, James Ward and as well as a range of other national and international guests.

According to Professor James Ward, The potential exists for HIV to escalate rapidly in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population – as has been the experience in other Indigenous populations globally. This potential is due to three main issues:

The Roadshow was aimed at educating health professionals and raising community awareness. A significant rise in STI and HIV incidences among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was reported in in Qld over past 12 months.

The Qld HIV TasP Roadshow included eight meetings with Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services, and evening dinner meetings for health professionals. The Roadshow brought together the latest practice and evidence from around the globe in HIV prevention, including the concept of treatment as a prevention and new medications such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), both of which aim to significantly reduce the number of new HIV diagnoses.

Source: NACCHO Communique

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Last updated: 25 August 2016
 
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