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Treating HIV

Recent advances in HIV treatments mean that people living with HIV are leading longer and more productive lives.

NAPWHA works with pharmaceutical companies, educators, clinicians and government to ensure we have access to the best treatments and information possible. NAPWHA Health & Treatments projects are also actively representing the interests of positive people in many ways.

Treataware (formerly the AIDS Treatment Project Australia) develops educational materials and organises the popular Treatments Information Roadshow and Chin Wag events all around Australia.

For detailed information about specific anti-HIV treatments, visit NAPWHA's HIV Treatments Database.

For detailed information about when to start treatment, go to When to start treatment

New once-a-day combo pill

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

Say hello to Eviplera, the latest, once-a-day, multiple combination pill. read more »

Spotlight on Seattle

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

The 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (Croi) was held in Seattle in march. Here are some important highlights. read more »

Sexual dilemmas

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 7 June 2012

Whenever you talk sex with other positive people there always seems to be an elephant in the room. And I’m not talking about jumbo appendages or huge sexual appetites, either.

That elephant, of course, is unprotected sex. read more »

Start talking about HIV treatment: new campaign launched

Media release • 7 May 2012

Ita Buttrose launched 'Start the Conversation Today' NAPWHA's national multi-media treatments campaign, on Friday 4 May. The campaign urges people living with HIV to get up to date with important new information about the benefits of HIV treatment for themselves and their partners. Many people with HIV are likely to be unaware of these advances. read more »

NAPWHA's New HIV Treatments Campaign - What's it About?

Story • Phillip Keen • 20 April 2012

You may not have heard about new scientific advances which are revolutionising HIV treatment and prevention in Australia and around the world. This new information could have important health benefits for you and your partners.

NAPWHA is launching a national media campaign to urge all people living with HIV to get the facts about these important changes - by starting a treatment conversation with their doctor.

The full advertising campaign is being launched on May 4, but people in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will already be seeing outdoor billboards promoting our campaign theme message: Start the conversation today. read more »

New HIV treatment guidelines: a major step in revolutionising HIV treatment and prevention in Australia

Media release • 29 March 2012

NAPWHA has welcomed the release of updated guidelines for treating HIV issued yesterday by the US Department of Health and Human Services. In a major shift, the new guidelines recommend that all people with HIV consider going on HIV treatment, whether recently infected or with more advanced HIV disease.

The new guidelines also note recent evidence about the additional benefit of taking HIV treatment in reducing HIV transmission and recommend that HIV treatment be offered to HIV positive people who are at risk of transmitting HIV to sexual partners. read more »

When to start treatment

Treating HIV

A number of factors will influence your decision on the best time for you to start antiretroviralA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. therapy (ART).

There are clinicalPertaining to or founded on observation and treatment of participants, as distinguished from theoretical or basic science. markers to consider, namely your CD4 count and viral loadA measurement of the quantity of HIV RNA in the blood. Viral load blood test results are expressed as the number of copies (of HIV) per milliliter of blood plasma.. There are a range of opinions about the exact time that people should start ART, but the trend is now favouring earlier treatment. read more »

Complex Care Clinic for over-50s opens

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 9 March 2012
Treating HIV

With many PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHAPerson (or People) Living with HIV/AIDS.. living much longer lives, there is increasing evidence that they are likely to experience ageing differently to the rest of the population, including the earlier onset of various co-morbidities. read more »

Better access to HIV meds in NSW

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 8 March 2012
Treating HIV

A new scheme, the Enhanced Medication Access Scheme (EMA), will provide improved access to HIV medications for PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHAPerson (or People) Living with HIV/AIDS.. in NSW. The scheme, announced by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, on World AIDS Day last year, will allow eligible participants to get medications from a number of selected community pharmacies or mailed to a preferred address. read more »

US approves alternative to Atripla

Positive Living article • AIDS Info • 8 March 2012
Treating HIV

Many people with HIV beginning treatments in Australia start on Atripla (a combination of efavirenz, tenofovir and emtrictabine).

While this combination is successful in reducing viral loads and improving CD 4 counts in most patients, some people have difficulty tolerating the side-effects of efavirenz. read more »

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