Australian researchers declare an end to AIDS as a public health issueBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3895 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3895
- Amy Coopes
Australian researchers and community groups have declared an end to AIDS as a public health issue. There are now almost no annual deaths from the syndrome because of the success of prevention and treatment over the previous three decades.
A coalition of the nation’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers, epidemiologists, and community groups announced the milestone in a joint statement on 11 July.1 The statement was issued in the lead up to the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban which starts on 18 July.
“While we continue to see a number of people diagnosed late with HIV, some of whom have AIDS type symptoms, the AIDS public health threat has morphed into an HIV prevention challenge,” said Andrew Grulich, head of HIV epidemiology and prevention at the Kirby Institute, Australia’s HIV/AIDS surveillance hub.
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