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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.
Trends in HIV viral suppression
Jason Asselin gave us a comprehensive overview of ACCESS, a national registry designed to pull HIV data from primary health care, sexual health clinic and the laboratory.
- his study included patients who had viral load testing within the last 12 months
- the last VL for the year was used to allow more patients to be included
- VL testiong as part of diagnosis was excluded
- demographics: males were older, females were younger
- citeria for undetectable VL was met for 71% (2009) => 87% (2014)
- porportion of patients with a high viral load decreased
- similar outcomes for M vs F
- patients <40 years old were less like to achieve VL suppression compared to older patients
- does not capture patients who did not engage in health service
- ACCESS will be rolled out nationally from Jul ’16 – Jun’19
- we can look forward to more comprehensive data