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Making a New HIV Diagnosis


  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Most HIV diagnoses are made in the general practice setting​​.
  • Some states and territories have specific programs in place to assist practitioners who have just made a new diagnosis.
  • ASHM produces a range of practical resources to support GPs when making a new HIV diagnosis, including: guidance on conveying a positive result; support for patients; legal responsibilities; and contact tracing/partner notification.

Most HIV diagnoses are made in general practice. ​

Delivering a positive HIV result can be a difficult task for a health worker, particularly when it might be the first diagnosis they have made. 

Knowing the best way to deliver a result and accessing the resources and support available to both clinician and patient can make this process easier. ​

ASHM works closely with a range of HIV organisations across Australia. Please find below a list of resources from organisations in different states and territories.

​​New South Wales

Referral Pathways for GPs and Patients

HIV Support Program (HSP)

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Patient-centred care and support is at the core of the NSW Ministry of Health's HIV Support Program. The Program assists GPs to negotiate additional support, meeting individual needs for each new HIV diagnosis. The program also provides information for patients around psychosocial and community support services that are available across the state.

​Download the HIV Support Program (HSP) Printable Resource Package [PDF]

Download the HIV Support Program (HSP) List of Resources [PDF]


Referral Pathways for​ GPs

STI Contact Tracing for General Practice (Queensland Government)

Referral Pathways for​ Patients

Before your test – Patient resource (Queensland Government)

HIV Transmission and the Law (Queensland Government)

South Australia

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

Code for the Case Management of Behaviours that Present a Risk for HIV Transmission (SA Health)

South Australia HIV Primary Care Coordination Program – Specialist Nursing Services (RDNS)

​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

Relationships Australia – Services for people living with HIV

Positive Life SA – A peer driven community organisation for people living with HIV/AIDS in South Australia

South Australia HIV Primary Care Coordination Program​ – for people living with HIV in South Australia (RDNS).

​Western Australia

Referral Pathways for​ GPs

Time of Diagnosis specialist advice sheet (Dept of Health WA)​ – a contact list of helpful organisations for GPs and their patients during the time of HIV diagnosis

​Referral Pathways for​ Patients

HIV information sheet​ (Dept of Health WA): Basic overview of HIV/AIDS for people living with HIV and their families, friends and other contacts

Choices and Responsibilities (Dept of Health WA): For people living with HIV, this 12-page booklet outlines their responsibilities and choices. 

​​​, HIV Starter Kit

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