World AIDS Day is held every 1st December. The global World AIDS Day theme for this year continues on from last year's theme: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.
The aim of World AIDS Day is to encourage all Australians to be aware of HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safer sex practices; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.
Thank you for your continued hard work and support in the field of HIV medicine.
Medical Journal of Australia
ASHM CEO Adj Assoc Prof Levinia Crooks has a commentary article scheduled to run on 30 November in the MJA InSight in which she describes treatments and advocates for access to PrEP.
Events around Australia
There are events happening all around Australia. A full list by each state and territory is here: http://www.worldaidsday.org.au
The Doherty Institute in Melbourne will host a morning tea in which Health Minister, the Honourable Sussay Ley, will speak.
ACON has events all around NSW, including:
- Film screenings
- Sports events
- Red ribbon and merchandise sales
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week
Between 30 Nov and 8 Dec, it will also be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week (ATSIHAW). See Facebook page.
There will be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Summit held on 2-3 December in Brisbane.
HIV Shared Care Training
In Australia, fifty per cent of new diagnoses are made in General Practice. ASHM is providing FREE online HIV GP Management Plan – Audit and Shared Care Training with a low HIV-patient caseload. GPs can earn 40 RACGP points and 6 ASHM points for completing the training and the pre- and post-training audit. The training is on lms.ashm.org.au