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What Canada can learn from Australia’s HIV response

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Written by // CATIE: Upcoming Events Categories // Conferences, International , Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE ED says “Australia has done better than Canada in terms of the number of people living with HIV, the number of new HIV infections, and the number of people who are aware they are living with HIV”; calls Canada’s accountability model "pretty mushy"

What Canada can learn from Australia’s HIV response

This article by Laurie Edmiston first appeared on the CATIE blog here.  

While at AIDS 2014, CATIE’s Ed Jackson and I met with a number of Australian agencies to pursue a plan to share best practices around gay men’s sexual health programming. I was already familiar with some of Australia’s powerful awareness, prevention and testing campaigns, but a closer look at the Aussie HIV response has been eye-opening and provides many useful learnings for Canada.

Canada and Australia have many similarities, including the structure of our health system, whereby health care delivery takes place at the state or provincial level.

Australia has done better than Canada in terms of the number of people living with HIV, the number of new HIV infections, and the number of people who are aware they are living with HIV. In Canada there are 208 people living with HIV for every 100,000 people, compared to only 115 in Australia. In terms of new infections, there are 7.6 new infections for every 100,000 Canadians, compared to only 4.6 in Australia.

To read the rest of the article, including the French version, go here

About the author: Laurie Edmiston is Executive Director of CATIE, Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

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