September 28, 2018 at 7:55 am EDT | by Staff reports
HIV testing rates up in Australia
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Report shows 92 percent of HIV-positive men are on treatment in New South Wales.

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia — Gay and bisexual men are getting tested and using medications to prevent HIV transmission more than ever, with University of New South Wales researchers recording an encouraging major shift towards new forms of prevention thanks to government-funded access programs,  MedicalXPress reports.

Researchers at UNSW’s Centre for Social Research in Health say 92 percent of HIV-positive gay and bi men are taking antiretroviral treatment (ART) and achieving undetectable viral loads. The result is more than 90 percent of these men can no longer transmit HIV. This is a record high for the third year running, MedicalXpress reports.

The report finds the proportion of gay men with casual partners who reported using PrEP before sex increased from 1 percent in 2013 to 5 percent in 2016 and then to 16 percent in 2017, MedicalXpress reports.

Key findings from the Gay Community Periodic Surveys show that gay and bisexual men are taking a number of critical steps to negotiate relationships, sex and HIV risk in a changed prevention landscape. According to MedicalXpress, these measures include:

• Frequent HIV testing: In 2017, over 40 percent of non-HIV-positive gay men had at least three tests within the previous year (one HIV test every four months on average).

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