‘Rapid Decline’ in NSW HIV Transmission Could Eliminate Virus By 2020

Lowest transmission rates since the 80s

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A “rapid decline” in the transmission of HIV could eradicate the virus from NSW completely by 2020.

NSW Health chief health officer Kerry Chant said the latest statistics details that new cases of transmission among gay and bisexual mean are the lowest since the 1980s, AAP reports.

"There were 101 new HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in NSW in the first six months of this year - that number is the lowest recorded in NSW since HIV emerged in the 1980s," Dr Chant said.

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Across 2016 and 2017, the transmission rate was 25% lower than the average number of the past five financial year periods – which Dr Chant says could be linked to increased HIV testing, improved treatment outcomes and access to higher access to preventative medicine.

The number of NSW-based HIV tests had increased to 286,000 during the first half of 2017 – a 33% increase on the same period in 2012.

Dr Chant said HIV diagnosis rates among those born overseas, people diagnosed late or with heterosexuals remained consistent and needed a “tailored” response.

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