In WA district Court CJ Palmer, who had previously worked as a sex worker, has today received a guilty verdict for the charge of grievous bodily harm in relation to the transmission of HIV to her ex-partner. CJ, a trans woman, has been remanded in a male prison until sentencing on the 16th February 2017 and will have to serve out her sentence in a male prison.
The AIDS Action Council of the ACT, as a member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to a package of policies that will provide important support to the community-led HIV response.
$32.5 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR NEW EFFORT WOULD END AUSTRALIAN HIV TRANSMISSION
A comprehensive, costed plan to make Australia the first nation to end HIV transmission will be presented to parliamentarians tomorrow.
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations' HIV Blueprint charts a course to avert 2,025 HIV transmissions within three years. The plan would require additional annual investment of $32.5 million, with the Commonwealth Government offsetting those costs in a few short years. By 2020 alone, $82 million would be saved from the costs of providing treatment and support.
The financial benefit to the Commonwealth would continue to compound thereafter, with lifetime savings from the first 2,025 averted infections exceeding $2 billion. The HIV Blueprint is built on modelling by researchers at the Burnet Institute.
The AIDS Action Council has launched an awareness campaign around online safety and online bullying in the wake of recent incidents reported to the Council.
You may have seen news reports of men being targeted on dating/hook-up apps, then being intimidated and threatened in person by a group of people.
Some people feel that being online allows them to behave badly without fear of consequences. This is not the case. The Police are actively investigating recent attempts to intimidate men in Canberra because they were reported.
The ACT Government announced, in August, that it will be supporting a PrEP trial for the ACT community. There will be 200 places offered on the trial and it is expected that enrolments will start early in the 2017
The lead agency in the ACT is Canberra Sexual Health Centre with significant support from ACT Health and NSW Health, the Kirby Institute, Interchange General Practice and the AIDS Action Council.
For more information or to add your name to the waiting list to find out more about the start of the trial please contact
Canberra Sexual Health Centre – 6244 2184
AIDS Action Council of the ACT – 6257 2855