Australia May Defeat HIV

Australia has some of the world’s lowest HIV prevalence rates. What’s the secret? Affordable access to PrEP, universal health care and a robust response stretching back to the 1980s, reports Livia Albeck-Ripka. 
 
1987 saw more than 2,400 diagnoses in Australia; in 2018 there were just 835.
 
This last mile of disease elimination may be the toughest yet, but Australia’s new infection numbers have dropped almost a quarter in the last 5 years, according to new research.
 
This progress stands in stark contrast to the US—where barriers to access mean PrEP is far from ubiquitous, particularly among the uninsured, rural and minority communities.
 
The New York Times

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