NEWS BRIEFING: HIV diagnoses at 7 year low, but on the rise among heterosexuals

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NEWS BRIEFING The latest stats from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney on HIV in Australia reveal a mixed picture of our country's sexual health. Overall, HIV diagnoses hit a seven year low, but the drop was mainly among gay and bisexual men; among heterosexuals HIV diagnoses have actually increased by 10 per cent over the last five years. And HIV diagnoses rates in the Indigenous population are twice those of the non-Indigenous population. Join us for this online briefing, when experts will discuss the findings and their implications. A full recording of this briefing is available below.

Journal/conference: Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference

Organisation/s: The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Media Briefing/Press Conference

From: Australian Science Media Centre


  • Professor Rebecca Guy is Head of the Surveillance Evaluation and Research Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Associate Professor James Ward is Head of Aboriginal Health Infectious Diseases, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  • Associate Professor Limin Mao is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
  • Scott McGill is Manager International Programs at the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM)

Additional panelists (available to answer questions):

  • Robert Mitchell is Vice President of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Darryl O'Donnell is CEO of Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018

A full recording of this briefing is available via the link below.


  • Australian Science Media Centre
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