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The Far West LHD Media Unit is responsible for all media inquiries and interviews with Far West LHD staff members. The Unit regularly advises on major public health issues and disease outbreaks, through media releases, media conferences and, sometimes, special telephone hotlines.

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The Media Officer for Far West LHD is Branko Licul on 0411 119 592 or email branko.licul@health.nsw.gov.au

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An On-Call Media Officer is available after normal business hours to assist media with urgent enquiries. This is organised on a roster basis and the correct person to contact is available via a voicemail message on 0411 119 592.




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14 November 2018

Hiv Awareness Week - Hiv Testing Key To Early Diagnosis

HIV Awareness Week 23-30 November 2018

With almost half of all people diagnosed with HIV in the late stage of infection, NSW Health is marking HIV Awareness Week by urging those at risk to be regularly tested.

During HIV Awareness Week (23-30 November) and in the lead up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, NSW Health is reminding people to test for HIV with various high quality HIV testing options now available.

In 2018-19, NSW Health is investing $21.9 million in services to strengthen HIV testing, treatment and prevention.

Ann Ryan Manager HIV & Related Programs Far West LHD said NSW is on track to achieving its goal of virtually eliminating HIV transmission by 2020, with a 21 per cent drop in the number of new diagnoses in NSW.

“We want to see this downward trend continue and urge anyone at risk of HIV to ensure they are regularly tested,” said Ms Ryan.

“Once a person is diagnosed, they can start treatment early, improve their health and prevent the virus from being passed on to others.”

From January to June 2018, 131 NSW residents presented with a newly diagnosed HIV infection compared with 167 during the same period in 2013-2017, according to the NSW HIV Data Report.

“This reduction is due to more people seeking early testing and treatment, as well as the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP),” said Ms Ryan.

PrEP, the use of medications to prevent HIV in those at risk, is also used traditionally to treat the infection. It is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

“The highly successful NSW Health EPIC-NSW trial made PrEP available to 9,414 people at risk of HIV from 1 March 2016 to 30 April 2018.”

The data also shows that in the first half of 2018 there were 49 per cent fewer Australian-born men having sex with men diagnosed with early stage HIV infection, compared to the same period over the past five years.

“HIV in overseas-born men who have sex with men as well as heterosexual men, is often diagnosed late, which can lead to avoidable HIV-related illness,” said Ms Ryan.

To mark the 2018 World AIDS Day the Broken Hill Sexual Health Clinic 9 in partnership with ACON NSW and the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery will host a special screening of 120 Beats per Minute (120 BPM) on Saturday 8 December at 6 pm, with a gold coin donation to go to the Red Ribbon Appeal.

For information on HIV testing, visit your local sexual health clinic at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre, phone 08 8080 1100 or www.health.nsw.gov.au/hiv-test .