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State of Victoria 90-90-90 Targets PLHIV : 7,360 (2017)

89%

98%

96%

Source: Jointly provided by the Burnet Institute and the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW

State of Victoria HIV Care Continuum PLHIV: 7,360 (2017)

89%

87%

84%

Source: Jointly provided by the Burnet Institute and the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW

Minister's Message
Jenny Mikakos
Victorian Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Services
Mayor's Message
Sally Capp
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

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Community Leadership Messages

“As a proud Melburnian, I am delighted that Melbourne, and the State of Victoria, continues their strong commitment to responding to HIV through investment in innovative programs in HIV prevention and care through an enduring strong partnership between political leaders, scientists, clinicians and the community. Ongoing investment in science, innovation and communities is the only way we will achieve our shared goal of virtual elimination of HIV by 2020.”

Professor Sharon Lewin
Director
Doherty Institute

“As Australia's oldest AIDS organisation, VAC was born out of community activism and we've fought for more than 30 years to bring an end to this epidemic. The end is now in sight for Victoria and we all need to maintain our rage to end new transmissions by 2020 through fighting stigma, ensuring people have access to care, treatment and all available prevention tools.”

Simon Ruth
CEO
Thorne Harbour Health

“Melbourne is well on course to reach the 90 90 90 targets, and we have rapidly enabled 2,500 high risk individuals to access PrEP. But to reduce the number of new HIV infections, we need to increase the frequency of HIV testing in gay and bisexual men, and we need to eliminate stigma in both the community and healthcare settings so we can extend our prevention package reach to those at risk for HIV in metropolitan, rural and regional areas. I know we can achieve this.”

Professor Jenny Hoy
Director, HIV Medicine
Department of Infectious Diseases, The Alfred Hospital and Monash University

“The strikingly successful aspect of Victoria’s HIV response has been the enduring and close a collaborative partnership between government, clinical, community and research sectors. Well before the rise in prominence a combination HIV prevention approach, these strong partnerships led to the evolution of an enabling environment that supports best-practice HIV prevention and care across the community. While there is still much to do, Victoria is well placed to meet and push beyond our HIV elimination targets.”

Mark Stoove
Associate Professor
Burnet Institute

“I was in San Francisco when AIDS was first discovered, and I saw the incredible strength of a community and city united against this disease. It is this unity in a partnership model which has served many cities and countries so well over the last 30 years, and which we will build on in the Fast Track Cities Initiative. A partnership between all levels of government, scientists, clinicians and the people most affected by HIV focused on ending this epidemic.”

Professor John Mills
Senior scientist
Burnet Institute, Professor of Medicine, Monash Uni and UCSF; Consulting Physician, Alfred Hospital

“Victorians have mobilised to actively prevent new HIV infections with over 2,200 Victorians at high risk of HIV infection taking PrEP. Victoria seeks to be one of the first places in the world to end new HIV infections and this commitment will not waver.”

Edwina Wright
Associate Professor
Alfred Health

“Primary care practitioners play a critical role in preventing, testing for and treating HIV. With the right support and training, and the new treatment and prevention tools we have, we can reach the goal of making HIV and AIDS a thing of the past in Melbourne and Victoria.”

Associate Professor Christopher Carter
CEO
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network

“PLHIV in Melbourne and Victoria have access to some of the highest quality of health care services anywhere in the world. And with recent changes to abolish Australia’s only criminalisation law of HIV positive people, most people living with HIV live relatively safe and healthy lives. However, like so many other places around the world, HIV stigma continues to persists. It negatively affects HIV testing rates, it presents as a barrier to early treatment uptake and it profoundly affects the quality of life of PLHIV. When people live with fear of disclosing their HIV status, are faced with ignorance and dismissed by their families and communities or have to face unnecessary scrutiny of health care providers then shame overshadows their lives. This is our greatest challenge and one the Taskforce to keen address”

Brent Allan
CEO
Living Positive Victoria

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