Alarm on surge in HIV cases

Julie Medew; 9/11/09

Infectious disease experts are calling for urgent changes to the way HIV is tackled in Australia as the virus continues to spread at alarming rates. A draft strategy written by a group of specialists for the Federal Government said Australia was entering a challenging new period with resurgent epidemics among gay men and emerging epidemics among people travelling between high-risk countries and within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It said there was a need to reinvigorate prevention messages and to re-invest in a long-term response over the next four years because public interest in the issue had waned.”Strong leadership on HIV from government at all levels is now required,” the strategy said.