Report from the 2018 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, 24–26 September 2018, Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth Crock1 , Penny Kenchington2 , Melinda Hassall3

1 HIV Clinical Nurse Consultant and Nurse Practitioner candidate Bolton Clarke Homeless Person’s Program, Melbourne, Australia
2 Nurse Practitioner, Townsville Sexual Health Service, Queensland Health, Australia
3 Clinical Nurse Lead Nursing Program, Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine

The inaugural Australasian HIV & AIDS conference was held in 1989 and has been run as an annual event, coordinated by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) since its inception. The 2018 conference theme, ‘Leave no one behind’, and the programme were developed in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, community and consumer organisations, with a critical emphasis on the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV (PLWH) and AIDS [1].

Conference highlights included:

The success of Australia’s response in an overall reduction in HIV incidence in 2016, but a reminder that there are emerging increases in notifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, heterosexual women and Asian men who have sex with men (MSM) [2,3,4]

The importance of messaging for the general public and community regarding Undetectable= Untransmittable (U=U) [5,6]

Critical discussions about the legal implications of HIV disclosure and the impact of HIV on human rights

Advances in testing and treatment Additional highlights were the presentations by nurses outlining their valuable work. We attended the nursing sessions and provide a summary and commentary here. We also discuss the launch of a new resource for women on a U=U programme. Read more…