In Australia, HIV notifications have been on the rise for the past decade. HIV is also a growing concern across the Asia and Pacific region and 34 million adults and children are living with HIV across the world.
The HIV group conducts innovative research aimed at understanding the transmission and prevention of HIV with a particular focus on those populations most at risk, such as young people and men who have sex with men.
- Undertaking research involving the groups most at risk and vulnerable to HIV, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- Integrating findings from our surveillance, epidemiology and research work to inform policy and practice to prevent HIV transmission
- The FaceSpace Project explored the use of social networking sites to deliver health promotion messages about sexual health and safer sex to young people and men who have sex with men. The men who have sex with men arm of the study used an online interactive video narrative to follow the lives of five fictional gay men, addressing such issues as misconceptions about HIV, and the consequences of unsafe sex. The YouTube based series, with user interaction hosted on Facebook, is now in its fourth season. Management of the initiative has now been handed over to the Victorian AIDS Council as is an ongoing integral part of their health promotion approach
- Suck It and See - This innovative study was the first community-recruited study in Australia to collect biological specimens for HIV testing and examine factors associated with undiagnosed HIV infection. The study has offered valuable insights into the potential drivers of HIV transmission in Australia and provided the foundation for new approaches to understanding HIV epidemiology in Australia
- Accelerating ART initiation among Mothers and Infants (AAMI Study)
This project will trial the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of the novel POC Visitect® CD4 test and POC LYNX HIV p24 early infant diagnostic (EID) test.
- Altered States: An evaluation of drug and alcohol therapeutic services at the Victorian AIDS Council
The Burnet Institute is the evaluator of the Victorian AIDS Council’s therapeutic program targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals (GLBT) experiencing substance use and mental health conditions.
- Assessment of risk practices and infectious disease among drug users in Temeke District, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
This consultancy for Médecins du Monde - France accessed the results of a rapid assessment and response (RAR) of people who use drugs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- AusAID's Australian Development Research Awards
This research explored the sexual networks of men who have sex with both men and women in Vientiane, Lao PDR and Hanoi, Vietnam
- Call Centre Impact Assessment for Marie Stopes International
The development and implementation of a call centre impact assessment framework and the testing of this framework at Marie Stopes International call centre in Mexico City.
- CREIDU - Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use
Improving the health of people who inject drugs through research that generates new evidence and informs public health policy and practice.
- DARE C: ATAHC II Substudy
DARE-C aims to evaluate individualisation of therapy duration using triple therapy (PEG-IFN/RBV/TPV) in a subgroup of ATAHC II subjects with genotype 1 infection and early chronic HCV infection.
- Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival
Each year, the Burnet Institute manages the "Film Fest" as part of the International Harm Reduction Association’s annual conference.
- Evaluation of condom distribution trial in Victorian prisons
The evaluation of a pilot program introducing condoms and dental dams into Victorian Prisons.
- HIV Prevention Initiatives Evaluation
An initiative to reduce HIV/STI risk behaviours as well as increasing health seeking behaviours among homosexually active gay men.
- HIV/AIDS Passive Surveillance
Carries out surveillance for HIV and AIDS in Victoria.
- Monitoring HIV, risk behaviour and health service utilisation among prisoners and ex-prisoners in Fiji
This research will provide the first ever estimate of HIV and syphilis prevalence among a representative sample of prisoners in Fiji and examine health risks, status and service utilisation post-release.
- PRONTO! Victoria's Community-based Rapid HIV Testing Service
PRONTO! is the first community-based rapid HIV testing service targeting gay men and men who have sex with men in Melbourne.
- The Melbourne Injecting Cohort Study (MIX)
MIX is designed to establish a framework for understanding injecting drug use in the context of changing drug patterns among people who inject drugs.
- Victorian Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Demonstrations
This prevention strategy involves people who are HIV-negative taking HIV treatment medications to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV.