HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the human immune system. The immune system stops disease and infections in the body. HIV is a treatable chronic condition.
Someone can live with HIV for many years without becoming ill or showing symptoms. HIV can only be diagnosed by a blood test. Left untreated, HIV remains in the body damaging the immune system, eventually leaving the person vulnerable to diseases and infections that their body would normally be able to fight off. Also, without t...
Getting a diagnosis of HIV will be life-changing. It can be a time of fear and uncertainty. The important thing to remember is that HIV and AIDS are no longer a death sentence in Australia. We are fortunate to have access to effective treatments that can help to suppress the virus and minimise damage to the immune system.
The health effects of HIV can take years to appear without treatment. This is why if not tested many people do not find out they have HIV for many years. Late diagnosis and a delay in trea...
Meridian ACT has developed a factsheet on the Recommended ACT Priorities for Action: HIV 2021
With the following 6 priority areas.
Treatment Programs For Hiv
Care And Support
Stigma And Discrimination
Research, Data, And Information
When should I get tested?
If you are sexually active or have shared needles or other injecting equipment, then it is recommended you get tested regularly. It is a good idea to get tested more frequently but you should get tested at least once a year. Some people are recommended to get tested more frequently, such as every 3 months for men, including trans men, who have sex with other men.
ANA AFAO HIV Testing Factsheet