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Knowledge and access are not enough: HIV risk and prevention among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Sydney

Augustine D Asante and Henrike Körner
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (8): 502. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11342
Published online: 7 May 2012

To the Editor: The HIV epidemic in Australia is changing. The number of new infections attributed to heterosexual contact has increased, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds account for a significant proportion of these diagnoses. In the period 2005–2009, 41% of new HIV diagnoses linked to heterosexual transmission were in people from CALD backgrounds.1 A considerable proportion of HIV diagnoses in people from CALD backgrounds are late diagnoses.

  • Augustine D Asante
  • Henrike Körner

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: a.asante@unsw.edu.au

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