HIV Foundation Qld welcomes lowest HIV diagnoses since 2008
Queensland Health data shows new HIV notifications in Brisbane in 2016 were at their lowest levels since 2008.
Ninety-four new cases were recorded for the Metro North and Metro South Hospital and Health Services last year.
HIV Foundation Queensland chair Dr Darren Russell said the 2016 result was also significant as it was the first time Brisbane had recorded less than 100 notifications in eight years.
“Brisbane is a major international city with the Metro North and Metro South Hospital and Health Services covering a combined population of over 1.9 million people,” Russell said.
“There are very few large international cities showing such significant reductions in HIV, certainly none yet in Australia.”
Queensland’s QPrEPd study has been enrolling participants since November 2016 and expects to reach a full enrolment of 2,000 in the coming months.
“Queensland is yet to see the full benefit of PrEP, which means the current data present a promising outlook for Brisbane providing the future HIV response remains innovative and effective,” Russell said.
“The Foundation has a dedicated Board and operational team that have worked passionately and leading the implementation of Queensland’s HIV strategy over the past three years and many of the essential and innovative building blocks are now in place.”