Dubbo Sexual Health nurse unit manager Margie Crowley has told of the new HIV message of “undetectable means non-transmissible” on World AIDS Day, December 1.
“We know if someone is living with HIV infection, they’re on treatment and they have an undetectable viral load, there’s no risk of transmission to another person,” she said.
Staff of the Western NSW Local Health District unit and headspace Dubbo marked World AIDS Day by decorating roundabouts in Macquarie Street and the Church Street rotunda with red ribbons, and manning a stall in front of the rotunda until lunchtime.
The latest NSW HIV Strategy Data Report reveals 44 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV in the first nine months of this year had late-stage infection.
“We’re encouraging testing to get people into treatment for better long-term health and to reduce the risk of transmission.”
Testing is available at Dubbo Sexual Health, Family Planning NSW Dubbo and GP surgeries. Visit www.hivtest.health.nsw.gov.au to determine eligibility for dried blood spot self-testing.