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COVID-19 health promotion resources recommended by PATSIN

The NAPWHA-auspiced Positive Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network (PATSIN) have recommended the below COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which have been featured on this webpage and compiled from various organisations.

AIDSwatch2020: “U=U: The impact on Australia”

NAPWHA’s Charlie Tredway was asked by Prevention Access Campaign to set an early morning alarm to join their panel at AIDSwatch 2020, focusing on the impact of U=U on Australia, Denton Callender’s presentation at CROI and what works about our HIV response.

Physical Distancing + Social Connection

As COVID-19 brings in unprecedented measures on how we interact and live our lives, the sense of disconnect has become a challenge for many of us. Even the language of social distancing and isolation can be triggering when contact, intimacy, and togetherness play such a big part in our lives.

Managing community concerns about ARV supply

The current COVID-19 crisis has raised concerns about HIV treatment supply in Australia. Despite continued assurances that supply is not, nor is likely to be compromised, rumours to the contrary persist. This speculation has the potential to raise anxiety levels and cause consumer panic. NAPWHA has jointly issued a communication with AFAO and ASHM urging the importance of consistent messaging to the HIV health workforce regarding supply of ARVs, which is vitally important at this time of the COVID-19 crisis.

Information of Truvada and Atripla delisting

From 1 April 2020 Truvada for HIV treatment and for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will no longer be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). In addition, from October 2020 Atripla will be delisted. We encourage you to talk to your prescribing doctor further regarding generic equivalent/s of both antiretrovirals (ARVs) that are available.

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