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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

The wait is over

Story • Adrian Ogier • 20 March 2014

What has changed?

Until April 2014, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) did not allow doctors to prescribe HIV treatment to people with CD4 counts above 500 who had no clinicalPertaining to or founded on observation and treatment of participants, as distinguished from theoretical or basic science. symptoms.

This barrier has now been removed, and today anyone in Australia with HIV who has a Medicare card can receive subsidised treatment through the PBS.

Whether you choose to start treatment or not is something you need to think carefully about in consultation with your doctor. read more »

The Australian HIV Observational Database Temporary Residents Access Study (ATRAS)

Report • Laurie Legere, Kirby Institute • 3 April 2014

Researchers from the Kirby Institute and the National Association of People with HIV Australia(NAPWHA) have released results from the first study in Australia to collect information on HIV positive patients who are not eligible for Medicare. read more »

Major PBS Barrier to HIV Treatment Lifted

Media release • 31 March 2014

Changes to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS) prescribing rules for HIV drugs, effective from today, will allow all Australians with HIV to start treatment as early as they choose.

This follows a successful submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. ), the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. ), which sought removal of a major regulatory barrier to early HIV treatment. read more »

Online drugs on hold

Story • Christopher Kelly • 13 March 2014
Treating HIV

Outbound medical shipments from India, including HIV drugs bound for Australia, have been disrupted. The disruption coincides with a visit to India in February by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDAThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness(Of a drug or treatment). The maximum ability of a drug or treatment to produce a result regardless of dosage. A drug passes efficacy trials if it is effective at the dose tested and against the illness for which it is prescribed. In the standard procedure, Phase II clinical trials gauge efficacy, and Phase III trials confirm it. of all drugs, biologics, vaccines, and medical devices, including those used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection, AIDS, and AIDS-related opportunistic infections. The FDA also works with the blood banking industry to safeguard the nation's blood supply. The Australian equivalent is the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA[Therapeutic Goods Administration] The federal government body that approves drugs and treatments before they can be prescribed.).) commissioner, Margaret Hamburg. According to advice from AIDS Drugs Online.net (ADO) order fulfilment across the entire country has been interrupted, affecting Medicare Ineligibles in Australia accessing generic HIV medication. read more »

Are you wasting money on supplements?

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 6 March 2014
healthy living

A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that most people are wasting their money on vitamins and minerals as they do not provide a clear benefit in preventing chronic disease or death, and in some cases, can even be harmful. read more »

The integrase inhibitor

Positive Living article • Jae Condon • 28 February 2014

Last spring, Positive Living began a series on the different HIV treatments and how they are grouped by class according to the stage of the HIV life cycle that they block. read more »

Medications too expensive

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014
Treating HIV

Professor Philip Clarke, an economist from the University of Melbourne, claims that Australia is the third most expensive country in the world when it comes to the price we pay for pharmaceuticals. Professor Clarke claims that this particularly applies to generic drugs after the patent for the original drug has expired. read more »

All PLHIV can now gain access to treatment

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014
Treating HIV

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recently agreed with a submission from NAPWHA, AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. , ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. and the Kirby Institute that all people with HIV should now have access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV.) through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.read more »

Healthy smoothies

Positive Living article • Brenda De Le Piedra • 28 February 2014

Brenda De Le Piedra is a nurse with a passion for making healthy food that is fast, clean and plant-based. She strongly believes that what you put inside, you will eventually wear on the outside. Therefore, she says, you should always
aim to make every meal an opportunity to nourish, and not punish, your body. read more »

My face is changing

Positive Living article • Dr Louise Owen • 28 February 2014

Doctor Louise answers readers questions. This time she talks about facial wasting, lypodystrophy and lypoatrophy. read more »

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