Login

In Australia

In Australia

In Australia women experience living with HIV very differently to men for a number of reasons, including both social and physical health factors. Below is a summary of current information on women and HIV in Australia. This information has been gathered from the Kirby Institute's HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmissible Infections Surveillance Report 2015.

  • At the end of 2014 an estimated 3, 056 women had been diagnosed with HIV, representing 8.7% of the 35, 122 total people diagnosed with HIV.
  • At the end of 2014 an estimated 2, 700 women are currently living with HIV, representing approximately 10% of the total 27, 150 people currently living with HIV.
  • In 2014, 19% of all newly diagnosed HIV infections for women and men were attributed to heterosexual contact.
  • Per capita the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community have slightly higher HIV transmission rates than the general 
  • HIV prevalence remains low among women self identifying as sex workers and injecting drug users.
  • Between 2010 – 2014 a total of 242 women living with HIV gave birth, with a total of 4 of these children being diagnosed with HIV
  • No data is available for transmission rates for women that do not identify as heterosexual.

For more information read the PWV Precis on women and HIV in Australia: 2012 Annual HIV Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, produced by Positive Women Victoria, 2013.