HIV Statistics in Australia
- In 2012, a study in Australia discovered that 11.2% of men who have sex with men (MSM) were living with HIV.
- By the end of 2015, it was estimated that over 25,000 people in the country were HIV positive, with around 10% unaware of their status.
- In that same year, almost 30% of people with new HIV infections received a late diagnosis, stressing the importance of regular HIV testing in Australia.
Despite these significant statistics, the annual number of AIDS diagnoses in Australia continues to decline. Peaking at 953 back in 1994, fewer and fewer people are being diagnosed with the disease, which develops as a result of an untreated HIV infection.
At Better2Know, we believe in the normalisation of infections like HIV. By removing any associated stigmas and increasing awareness, we aim to improve the health of our patients throughout Australia and around the globe.
The important thing to remember is that HIV is no longer the life-threatening condition it once was. The increase in effective antiretroviral therapies means that an HIV infection can now be properly managed and contained, if it is identified early enough. The sooner an HIV infection is diagnosed and treated, the less chance there is of that individual passing the infection on to another person. Hence the importance of regular testing and early intervention.
Better2Know’s Early Detection Screen, which also includes testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, will detect an HIV infection just 10 days after an incident of concern. This popular testing option is one of the many, comprehensive STI screens that we have available in Australia, combining HIV testing with the detection of other harmful infections.