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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.
Who is the epic New South Wales prep program reaching? A comparison of epic New South Wales participants and HIV notifications
EPIC-NSW commenced in March 2016 and provides free access to prep for high-risk people at 27 sites in NSW.
The question posed in this presentation is: are EPIC-NSW participants representative of people at high-risk of HIV?
A comparison was made of participants against data of HIV notifications in New South Wales. For age groups (young men were slightly underrepresented), areas of residence, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander the enrolment data was closely aligned to HIV notification data.
However for region of birth, NE and SE Asia born men were underrepresented, 2.5x and 2.4x lower respectively. In response, ACON developed specific initiatives to engage with men from NE and SE Asia using culturally appropriate engagement initiatives such as resources in 6 languages eg posters at train stations. In response, in the 3rd quarter 2017 there has been an increase in enrolments from men born in NE Asia of 103% and SE Asia of 83%.
The comment was made by the presenter that there Is more work to be done.
However it was very interesting to see how close EPIC-NSW participants demographics correlated to HIV notification data.