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.
Enhancing HIV Surveillance to Track Performance against the Targets of the New South Wales HIV Strategies 2012-2015 and 2016-2020
Prompts for NSW HIV Strategy - spike in notifications in 2012, increasing condomless sex, delays from infection to diagnosis, strong evidence for TasP, UN declaration to reduce HIV by 50%.
The second strategy had new evidence - early ART irrespective of CD4 count, 90% of people diagnosed on treatment within 6 weeks of diagnosis, evidence of efficacy of PrEP, 95% of those diagnosed on treatment.
Introduction of 6 monthly follow-up surveillance.
Enhanced data has been collected since 2014 on patients with a HIV diagnosis from 2013 onwards, and is ongoing.
Change from making HIV notifiable by laboratory to notifiable by clinician also, giving them the authority to provide information about their patients.
94% return rate on the questionnaires.
60% on ART in 2013, 84% on ART in 2016.
Of those diagnosed in 2015, 90% are retained in care 6 months post diagnosis, 87% commenced on ART within 6 months of diagnosis, and 75% reached viral suppression.