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World AIDS Day

30 November 2018

December 1 is World AIDS Day, and Central Queensland sexual health workers are celebrating their second year in a row without a local HIV diagnosis.

Gary Wright, a Clinical Nurse with CQ Health’s Blood Borne Virus and Sexual Health Service, said there was much to celebrate in that space.

“Preventative medicine has had a big impact in our community, and convenient rapid testing means it’s never been easier for our clients,” Mr Wright said.

“Although we do care for clients with HIV that have been referred from elsewhere, we haven’t had a local positive test result since mid-2016.”

Mr Wright said there were more new developments planned for next year, including rapid testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea which will further transform the face of health screening. These new rapid tests would complement rapid testing for HIV and syphilis which have been available for a number of years.

While HIV numbers are declining, World AIDS Day is still a great way for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS-related conditions.

This year’s theme Everybody Counts, encourages Australians to educate themselves about HIV and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

To find out more about local sexual health services, call the Rockhampton service on 4932 5440.

Find more on World AIDS Day at: www.worldaidsday.org.au.

Last updated: 10 December 2018

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