Australia's Commitment

The 20th International AIDS Conference was hosted in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014, and was the ideal forum to launch the UNAIDS "90-90-90" campaign to limit HIV transmission and promote better health and care for all people living with HIV. 

Australia has committed to reaching the ambitious targets which are as follows:

  1. Increase the proportion of people with HIV who know their HIV diagnosis to 90%
  2. Increase the proportion of people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment to 90%
  3. Increase the proportion of people taking antiretroviral treatment who have an undetectable viral load to 90%

Read more about the ambitious treatment targets here

Other key national prevention efforts include:

  • 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS – Australia has committed to the ambitious 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS targets that include a 50% reduction in the sexual transmission of HIV by 2015. This commitment reflects the mounting evidence that starting treatment early is beneficial for the individual, and will also help to prevent HIV transmission if providing accessible treatment is partnered with efforts to increase HIV testing.
  • The Melbourne Declaration – The Melbourne Declaration asks Australian State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments to reinvigorate the UN commitment to reduce rates of HIV transmission by 50% by 2015.

The Declaration highlights four key action areas to achieve these goals:

  1. Increase uptake of, and better HIV testing;
  2. Enhance access to antiretroviral treatment;
  3. Make HIV PrEP available, and
  4. Strengthen a partnership response and an enabling environment, including support for HIV research and dissemination of information.

Go to the website to add your signature of support to the Melbourne Declaration.

Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS – The meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS is about ensuring that the personal experiences of people living with HIV are considered in all aspects of the HIV response. Whether it is prevention, treatment, or support, affected populations need to be identified as the key stakeholder and should be included in all forms of decision making. People living with HIV should be central to the HIV prevention effort and QPP is proud to have been representing people living with HIV since 1989.

The United Nations definition of MIPA: Meaningful Involvement of PLHIV in program development, implementation and policy-making will improve the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of the HIV response as they have directly experienced the factors that make individuals and communities vulnerable to HIV.