HIV PROJECT FOCUSES ON OVERSEAS BORN GAY & BISEXUAL MEN IN AUSTRALIA

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05/30/2021

Gilead Sciences Australia New Zealand on May 25, 2021, announced the Australian recipients of the Gilead Getting to Zero Grant Program 2021, a global initiative supporting projects aimed at getting to zero new HIV infections. Two projects – one focussing on overseas-born gay and bisexual men and the second on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – are the recipients of the grant in Australia. The first Australian recipient to receive the Gilead ‘Getting to Zero’ Grant funding is Monash University for a project looking to improve access to HIV Pe-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for newly-arrived overseas-born men who have sex with men. Newly arrived overseas-born gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) require an increased focus on HIV prevention, and strategies to encourage HIV testing and earlier diagnosis of HIV. Late HIV diagnoses in overseas-born GBM have increased substantially (32%) over the past five years in contrast with a 47% decline in Australian-born gay men. Associate Professor Doctor Jason Ong, a sexual health physician at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, part of Monash University’s Central Clinical School and project lead said the funding from the Getting to Zero Grant will help enable overseas-born GBM to access pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

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