Thursday 5 September


Researchers, clinicians and community leaders will converge on Perth from 16–19 September to discuss cutting-edge research in HIV and sexual health at ASHM’s joint Australasian HIV & AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences. This year’s conferences will see a focus on health challenges facing marginalised groups, emergent diseases, and treatment-resistant STIs.

The annual joint conferences are the region’s flagship events for HIV and sexual health research, hosted and organised annually by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

ASHM CEO Alexis Apostolellis highlighted the conferences’ truly international focus and welcomed the opportunity to bring leading global experts in the field to Australia.

“Australia is a leader in responses to HIV and other sexually transmissible infections, and this event highlights the amazing work done by our researchers, clinicians, policy-makers and affected communities,” Apostolellis said.

“At the same time, we can’t forget that the work we do here and in the region is part of a much larger, global picture. HIV and sexual health present global challenges, and while those challenges are daunting, these conferences are the first step towards working together to find solutions.”

Ahead of the conference, ASHM is highlighting key themes and research in this year’s program, and providing interview opportunities across a wide range of topics and themes, including:

  • A new report reveals Australia is one of the worst countries in the world for criminalisation of HIV
  • HTLV-1 — new hope for treatment for a silent killer in our remote Indigenous communities
  • Gonorrhoea infections have almost doubled in Australia in the last five years – and are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
  • Aging and HIV – new challenges with around half of people living with HIV in Australia now over 50


For more information on these topics or to arrange interviews with researchers, clinicians and people affected by HIV and STIs, please contact ASHM Media on 0497 832 375 or

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