There has been a 50 per cent increase in HIV cases over the past decade in Australia. So what are we going to do about it?
The biggest bang for our buck will be getting people who have HIV on treatment. The data suggests only around 50 per cent of people with HIV in Australia are on HIV treatment, yet it is becoming increasingly clear that virtually all people with HIV should consider taking treatment to benefit their health and wellbeing.
Untreated HIV is bad at all stages of the disease. Also, taking HIV treatment can significantly reduce the risk of passing on HIV to others.
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In 2010 Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa declared that the time had come, particularly for Africans, to stop the “wave of hate” and to stand up “against wrong”.
He was referring to the wrong to “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people” who are “part of the African family” and who “are living in fear.”
This news from Africa would be bad enough. But the same fear extends far beyond that continent.
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