Opinion: GPs key to Australian HIV success

An estimated 10—15% of people with HIV in Australia have not yet been diagnosed. GPs are uniquely placed to make the diagnosis.

There has been enormous progress over the years in developing treatments which are effective, well-tolerated and simple to take, enabling most of those with HIV to live productive lives with close to an average lifespan. 

When to start treatment hasn’t been clear until recently. 

However, a groundbreaking randomised study called START (Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment) showed conclusively that