11 July 2016
Scientists and researchers from Kirby and Peter Doherty Institutes have announced that AIDS is no longer a public health issue in Australia, the ABC News of Australia reports.
Their claim was corroborated by their colleagues from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.
ABC News of Australia quoted the researchers as saying that in the past, the number of deaths attributed to AIDS in the country was about 1,000 per year, but that as of now, the number of AIDs-related deaths in the country is so low, it is no longer recorded.
Other than the number of recorded deaths, the number of Australians being diagnosed with the disease each year is now so small.
The researchers said that they no longer monitor it as people who have AIDS go for treatment and are cured.
The fight against HIV/AIDS is still ongoing in Australia, however, the decrease in the incidence rate, notwithstanding.
ABC News also reported that since the 1980’s, treatment that stops HIV from progressing to AIDS – which damages the immune system to the extent that it can no longer fight off infection – has become more effective.
With this development, Australia joins a few nations which had been able to combat the syndrome.
One afflicted person, Llyod Grosse, 51, who was given three years to live when he was diagnosed with HIV three decades ago, never imagined he would live to see the end of AIDS.
“I probably ever thought it was gong to be a death sentence,” Grosse told the ABC News of Australia.