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HIV target could fall to Covid

Posted 19 January 2021 AM

Australia's target to boost the proportion of eligible people taking prophylactic HIV medication to 75 per cent by 2022 is in fear of failing, thanks to COVID-19 putting the brakes on people seeking medical care.

PBAC public summary documents show a drop in the uptake of  HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medications between 2019 and 2020 despite ongoing government and community awareness campaigns - with a sharp drop in prescriptions recorded in April 2020 and subsequent months, coinciding with the onset of restrictions due to the pandemic.

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