COPAHM E-NEWS ISSUE 1, 2017
SEEKING INPUT - Priority actions to address HIV and Mobility. This year marks three years since the publication of the HIV and Mobility in Australia: Road Map for Action. To ensure that HIV and mobility is kept on the national agenda, we are hoping to release a shorter and more concise document with support and endorsement from CoPAHM members to serve as an 'Implementation Plan' on HIV and mobility. More information can be found on the portal website. Alternatively please get in contact at to find out more.
SEEKING GPs who see patients from sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia for research. Research being conducted at Curtin is exploring the barriers to HIV testing among people from sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Researchers are currently seeking the support of GP’s from WA, SA, NSW and Victoria. For more information, visit the SiREN website or email
HIV and Migration Country Profiles. The new HIV and migration website is up and running! The website has the HIV and migration profiles for eight different countries, including Australia and the United States. The website also includes statistics on HIV for migrants in Australia.
AFAO Blueprint. The AFAO Blueprint has been released and is available online. The Blueprint describes the additional effort and investment required to resource community organisations, research institutes and the community and clinical workforce to end HIV transmission in Australia. This includes strategies for safe sex and Australian travellers and specialised programs for hidden populations.
ViiV Healthcare Report. The ViiV Healthcare report on HIV has recently been released. It outlines perspectives and priorities from the HIV community, healthcare professionals, and representatives of HIV community peak bodies to inform the development of the next HIV strategy.
Migrants and HIV stigma: findings from the Stigma Index Study (U.K) by Chinouya M., et al. (2017). A UK study has reported that people living with HIV are still experiencing stigma. The study involved analysing data from the Stigma Index Study which measured stigma experienced by participants living with HIV. It revealed that participants avoided healthcare or treatment because of HIV-related stigma.
Sexual health knowledge and behaviour of young Sudanese Queenslanders: a cross-sectional study by Dean, J., et al. (2017). An Australian study involving young Sudanese people from Queensland found that this population have low STI and HIV knowledge, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviour. Participants who had lived in Australia for longer and female participants were reported to have higher levels of sexual health knowledge. The study recommended that cultural-based interventions that address sexual health are needed for this population.
Forming new sex partnerships while overseas: findings from the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes & Lifestyles (Natsal-3) by Tanton, C., et al. (2016). A UK study has revealed that travellers are engaging in risky sexual behaviours when overseas. About 1 in 10 men and 1 in 20 women from the UK were reported to have formed new sexual relationships whilst overseas. The study recommended that advice on sexual health should be given to all travellers.