Senate debates

Thursday, 29 November 2018


World AIDS Day

12:35 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

The government has worked with the community to develop the Eighth National HIV Strategy 2018-2022. The strategy will be the road map to help further reduce new infections and improve health outcomes for all Australians, in particular First Australians and culturally and linguistically diverse Australians. Its goals include virtually eliminating HIV transmission in Australia by 2022. The $180 million listing of PrEP on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will benefit up to 32,000 Australians. With this listing we will put Australia in reach of being one of the first countries in the world to end the transmission of HIV. A few short years ago, defeating HIV was seen as impossible. But today we're on the cusp of eliminating the transmission of HIV, and we continue to support those living with HIV.

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