HIV Left Untreated For Those Without Medicare
Last year, Australia announced a new national HIV strategy to virtually eliminate the virus by 2022. With new and successful medications that prevent HIV made available by medicare, it may seem like Australia is on track to reach its seemingly ambitious goal.
However, the new national strategy leaves out a portion of the Australian population that does not have access to medicare, mainly those who hold temporary visas to work or study. This is sure to undermine the new national strategy to eliminate HIV and even change Australia’s image of a safe place to live, work and study.
We spoke to sexual health physician and researcher, Dr. Nick Medland, who has more than 20 years experience in HIV clinical care in Australia and South East Asia.