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HIV progress ... dropping slow

Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 607. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11673

Australia should use its influence as a United Nations Security Council member to advance a clear global strategy to tackle HIV

The news, released by the Kirby Institute on 17 October 2012, of an 8% increase in new HIV diagnoses in Australia1 is a cause for concern. The increases, mainly in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, were primarily among men who have sex with men (MSM). As David Wilson, head of the Institute’s surveillance and evaluation program put it, “We thought we had at least reached a plateau about five years ago but we have not”.2

  • The Honourable Michael D Kirby

  • Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: mail@michaelkirby.com.au

Competing interests:

I was a member of the Eminent Persons Group that advised the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011, and served on the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 2011-2012.

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