$1.3m pledge for HIV testing

In a statement last week Health Minister Tanya Plibersek indicated that point-of-care testing, registered in Australia for the first time last year, could be used to help reduce rising infection rates among at-risk groups.

Dr Gillian Wood, deputy chair of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s microbiology advisory committee, said that while the test’s availability in general practice was potentially beneficial, better regulation was needed before it could be safely rolled out.

“A framework needs to be written for

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