The benefits offered by today’s HIV treatments are considerable. The simple reality is that they now offer people the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives while significantly lowering the risk of transmission.
It was this realisation that prompted the United Nations to set some major global targets in June 2011 and for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call for an AIDS-free generation.
NAPWHA believes that these goals are within our reach in Australia—providing our partnership is working effectively and the political will is there—and the past year has been marked by our efforts to improve our national response.
In the body of this Annual Report you will find details of the many program activities that NAPWHA has delivered this year. This reflects the broad goals of our current Strategic Plan and the role of the organisation as a national peak body.
A significant milestone was the multi-media treatments campaign we launched in June this year under the theme: ‘If you’re living with HIV, start a treatment conversation with your doctor’.
I look forward to us working together over this next period. This is the time for us to take advantage of recent scientific advances, to make some dramatic changes in the current system and to reshape the HIV response for the benefit of those central to it – people living with HIV.
From the Executive Director's report.