On the first day of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne in July 2014, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council released the AIDS 2014 Legacy Statement, a statement agreed to by all of Australia’s Health Ministers pledging to work towards the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in Australia by the end of 2020.
The Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014–2017 outlines how Australia intends to meet this ambitious target. It identifies eight priority populations to which Australia’s HIV response will be targeted in order to maximise its impact and sustainability.
While women are a subgroup of seven of these eight priority populations named in the Strategy, they are not identified as a priority population in their own right. This makes planning and implementing a tailored, targeted response to women challenging.
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