New HIV cases hit 10 year low Western Australia

30 November 2018

The number of new HIV cases reported in Western Australia continues to decline, with overall notifications down by 26 per cent on last year.

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The biggest decrease in notifications is among men who have sex with men with 31 new cases reported, which is 42 per cent lower than the same period last year. However, the number of new cases acquired heterosexually remains steady at 30, most of which were contracted by men visiting South-East Asia.

The decline in new HIV cases is attributed to a number of strategies including access to preventive medication (known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP), improved testing programs to target people at risk of acquiring the disease, and high treatment rates for those with HIV.

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