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New South Wales reports record drop in HIV diagnoses: fewest this year since records began

05Sep17
HIV diagnoses in gay men 31% down in first half of 2017, compared with previous years; 40% drop in recent infections.

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), has reported a steep drop in HIV diagnoses in gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the last year, and particularly since the beginning of 2017. This is despite an equally notable increase in HIV testing, which took a sharp upward turn around March 2016, at the time the EPIC-NSW demonstration study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) started in the state. The quarterly figures for HIV diagnoses reported in 2017 are the lowest since records began in 1985. Read More...

Auckland Health Alert - Syphilis

22Jun15
An important message to men who have sex with men in the Auckland Area

Body Positive has received an update from the Auckland Sexual Health Service that there is a serious increase in syphilis among men who have sex with men in the Auckland Area.

Half of syphilis cases show no symptoms and can only be detected through testing. If you are sexually active it is important that you ensure your GP conducts testing for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. Body Positive provides Rapid Testing for Syphilis throughout the week at BP House in Auckland and also hosts a free Sexual Health Clinic on Tuesday afternoons. Read More...

Every person living with HIV should be tested for Hepatitis

28Oct14_1
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects the liver, causing inflammation. Over time as HCV-related inflammation continues, parts of this vital organ degrade as healthy tissue is replaced with useless scar tissue. This can lead to an increasingly dysfunctional liver. In turn, complications can develop, including serious infections, internal bleeding, kidney dysfunction and a greatly increased risk for liver cancer. Read More...