GPs still crucial to HIV diagnosis despite self-tests

“Everyone who walks through the clinic doors and is sexually active should be considered for STI and HIV screening… We need to make it simple and we need to make it routine,” said Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) CEO Levinia Crooks.

According to ASHM, an estimated 10–20% of Australians living with HIV have not been diagnosed – contributing to a significant proportion of HIV transmission and new cases of HIV.

Targeting these groups, a number of new approaches were introduced this year to support the early testing and treatment of HIV.

Restrictions preventing the manufacture and sale of HIV home self-tests have recently been removed, and from 1 July 2015 PBS-subsidised HIV antiretroviral medicines can be dispensed and accessed through a pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

Meanwhile, to mark World AIDS Day, Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton launched the first permanent rapid HIV testing