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Informative, educational and enlightening – these are just some of the words to best describe this year’s HIV Treatments Update Seminar. Taking place on August 25 at the Clinical Education Centre in Auckland City Hospital and organised by Body Positive, the seminar was a lineup of seasoned healthcare practitioners, working largely in the realm of HIV prevention and clinical treatments. There were some rock solid nuggets of evidence dispersed to prove that much is being done to halt instances of infection worldwide from the use of PrEP as prevention to the rapid initiation of ART (Anti Retro Virals). And the conference did not limit itself in scope either – one of the most popular discussions of the day was the presentation delivered by Dr Helen Petousis-Harris and Dr Peter Saxton about a vaccine for gonorrhoea, a condition that is increasing exponentially all over the world.
New HIV diagnosis within the MSM community here in New Zealand saw an upswing in 2016, which is why A/Prof Garrett Prestage’s talk on MSM, drug use and sex was closely listened to by the audience. There were also presentations by the Peer Navigators who spoke about the importance of U=U (Undetectable=Uninfectious) with personal stories and experiences shared. This made for a very personal and touching change of pace during the seminar.
For a more indepth look at the presentations and talks under discussion visit: https://www.bodypositive.org.nz/Pages/HIV_Treatments_Update/#GuestSpeakers