Number Of New HIV Cases Hits 18-Year Low In 2018; New Diagnoses Down 30% Among MSM, Largely Unchanged Among Other Populations

ABC News: HIV diagnoses in Australia hit 18-year low, but there is still a way go
“Australia has solidified its reputation as a world leader in HIV prevention, recording its lowest number of new HIV cases in almost two decades. However, challenges remain in reducing transmission among heterosexuals and the Indigenous population. New figures released [Tuesday] by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales reveal 835 HIV diagnoses were made in 2018, the lowest number on record since 2001. … Over the past five years, HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men have reduced by 30 percent. However, the number of new cases among heterosexual Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and gay and bisexual men born overseas has remained largely unchanged…” (Willis, 7/2).

Additional coverage of the report is available from The Guardian and Science.