HIV Foundation Qld signs historic agreement at AIDS 2014 conference
The HIV Foundation Queensland and the Department of Health are entering into partnership with the British Columbia Centre for Excellence to help reduce HIV transmission.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the three will help develop and deliver a Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy in Queensland.
Foundation chair Dr Darren Russell said it made Queensland the first state in Australia to enter such an agreement with leading international experts.
Recent research has shown that getting people onto HIV treatment early reduces their risk of transmitting the virus, hence the term Treatment as Prevention.
“As part of the strategy, we are committed to achieving increased treatment uptake. We are aiming for 90 per cent of people living with HIV to be on treatment,” Russell said.
“It is a priority action for us to implement programmes to promote the individual and preventive benefits of HIV treatment."
Russell said the memorandum meant the organisations were agreeing to work together to formalise a research collaboration to develop new research and HIV programs over three years.
“We will partner to develop, implement and evaluate the Queensland TasP initiative and other related HIV health research,” he said.
The memorandum was signed at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne today.