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