ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Whats in it for me?
Brent Allan spoke on the jading effect he feels, with the constant media reports of HIV "cures". He started by asking for a show on hands, to indicated how long it would be, before a cure would be available. The majority of the audience voted for 10-15 years.
He read several headlines from news report, published in the last week. These included "Cairns to trial HIV drug cure" which turned out to the trialling of PrEP. Unfortunately most of these headlines were from respected news agencies, which generates online discussion and the resulting analysis has a demoralising effect.
Brent also identified the need to provide hope for newly diagnosed HIV, even with these headline grabbing misinformation.
The session ended with an interesting question to the audience. If we expect a cure in 10-15 years, then what are we doing to help people living with HIV to transition to life without HIV? As positive as living without HIV sounds to me, for some who have lived with the virus for 20+years, they may lose their identify.