In 2012, the Melbourne Declaration was released and endorsed by all leading HIV community, professional and research organisations. The Declaration calls for Australia’s HIV response to be revitalised to take advantage of developments in HIV treatment and prevention, and to enable us to envision an 'AIDS-free generation'.
The Melbourne Declaration aims to get governments to:
- substantially increase access to voluntary testing, including rapid testing.
- enhance and increase uptake of antiretrovirals to HIV-positive people.
- make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to people at high-risk of HIV infection.
- strengthen the partnership between the HIV sector and government, increasing resources to inform people about the latest advances in treatment and prevention and to create an enabling environment through measures such as the decriminalisation of HIV in Australia.
These key action areas in the Declaration have been revisited and progress has been scored.
How are we doing? Read the attached PDF below to find out.