referring to Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick announced today that the HIV Foundation Queensland, founded four years ago, will cease to be funded after June.
Formerly the Queensland AIDS Council, Healthy Communities was defunded four years ago when the HIV Foundation Queensland was created.
The HIV Foundation in Queensland Australia will not be funded past June this year, it has been announced.
“It remains to be seen just how this is going to happen after June.”HIV Foundation Queensland was created in 2013 by the Newman Government.
“Will the Minister guarantee that all funds will in future only be used on gay men’s HIV prevention?”
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HIV Foundation Queensland loses funding
Chair of the HIV Foundation Queensland, Dr Darren Russell, said the organisation has worked passionately to implement Queensland’s HIV strategy since its inception four years ago.
Originally published as ‘HIV Foundation Queensland to shut down’.
—The HIV Foundation Queensland will not be funded after the end of its current agreement on 30 June, Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced.
Healthy Communities, now the Queensland AIDS Council, was also defunded around the time of the HIV Foundation Queensland’s creation.
“At this stage of the HIV response, what is required is effective implementation like we have now,” he said.
Queensland is leading the world in ending HIV, having recorded a 38 percent drop in notifications in two years.
“We started the End HIV campaign in 2013 and it’s been amazingly successful, with a lot of buy in from the community,” he said.
Over the last two years, HIV testing has increased two fold in Queensland.
What is PrEP and what is PEP Pre Exposure Prophylaxis is a course of antiretroviral drugs that prevents HIV infections.
“When you look at other sexually transmitted diseases that mainly affect gay men [HIV affects 70-85 percent men in Australia), gonorrhea is up 68 percent and syphilis has gone up 60 percent yet HIV is down 38 percent,” Russell said.
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