Specialist GPs overloaded with HIV

Demand for HIV services in Australia is outstripping supply, as dwindling numbers of specialist GPs struggle to cope with a surge in patients with the disease, a study finds.

The estimated number of people with HIV increased by 13% to 16,400 patients in metropolitan areas and by 17% to 5000 patients in rural and remote areas from 2007-2010.

However, from 2007-2009 alone, the number of services with at least one specialist GP decreased from 60 to 55 in metropolitan areas and from 31 to 25 in rural and remote areas.

This led to an