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End of HIV transmission ‘in sight’

AUSTRALIA – New South Wales in on track to end HIV transmission by 2020 according to data released in the Health Department’s quarterly HIV strategy report.

The report recorded only 70 new diagnoses of HIV in the third quarter of 2016, the lowest number of new diagnoses in more than four years.

Health Minister Julian Skinner said the decrease was due to treatment and understanding of transmission.

“We have now got 92 percent of people with diagnosed HIV attending sexual health services on treatment and once you’re on treatment, that’s when you’re becoming less infectious so that is effectively how you end the transmission,” she said.

It is the work with these sexual health services that Ms Skinner believes will help the state reach its 2020 goal.

“We work with groups like ACON and other groups, people living with HIV groups and they’re fantastic at getting the message out and we work in very strong partnership — that’s how we [will] get this done.”

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