- ASHM has initiated a program to support progress in understanding and responding to HTLV-1 in Australia.
- HTLV-1, or human T-lymphotropic virus type 1, shares some features of HIV, in that it is a retrovirus that causes a chronic infection, is transmitted by sex, blood contact and from mother to child, and causes damage to the immune system. However, unlike HIV it causes a much more diffuse range of disease, severe in some people and mild or even non-existent in many others with the infection. Its distribution around the world is highly focal, with very high prevalences in particular geographic locations and populations and very rare elsewhere. HTLV-1 is present at very high rates in some Aboriginal communities of central and northern Australia.
- Research over the past 5 years has led to an increasing awareness in Australia of HTLV-1 and its impact. A group of clinicians and researchers have come together with a representative of from central Australian Aboriginal communities to provide a forum for increasing awareness about HTLV-1, and guiding clinical, public health and community responses to the infection.
- With these goals, an initial round table meeting was held in conjunction with the Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference (ASHM) in Adelaide in November 2015. A working group was establish to take forward outcomes from the meeting.
- Dr Damian Purcell
- Mr Ricky Mentha
- Prof John Kaldor
- Dr Kath Fethers
- Dr Lloyd Einsiedel
- Agenda [information coming]
- Report back [information coming]
- Presentations from the roundtable [information coming]
- Background document and participants [information coming]
- A proposal has been developed for the Commonwealth, requesting seeding support
- Another forum on HTLV-1 will take place at the 2017 Australasian HIV and AIDS Conference in Canberra
- The working group is pursuing philanthropic funding, in collaboration with central Australian partners
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