Testing, education behind rise in HIV notifications

A TWO-year testing and education campaign is behind the rise in HIV notifications across our region.

Dr Darren Russell, the state government medic charged with leading Queensland's response to HIV, said a 24-month region-focused campaign was paying dividends with more people being tested for the disease.

The Wide Bay health catchment last year saw its biggest increase in diagnosis of the disease since 2012.

In 2014, eight people were given the news they had the virus.

In 2013, fewer than five people were diagnosed.

There were 10 confirmed cases in 2012 and fewer than five in 2011 and 2010.

There were 245 new notifications across Queensland in 2014.

"We've had the biggest HIV awareness campaign that Queensland has ever seen," Dr Russell said.

"Last year we saw a 36% increase in testing amongst gay men."

The Wide Bay health region covers Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast.

- APN NEWSDESK



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