Journal article

A national study of the clinical management of HIV-positive women in Australia: what are the successes and where are the gaps?

Michelle L Giles, Aleece MacPhail, Charlotte Bell, Catriona S Bradshaw, Virginia Furner, Manoji Gunathilake, Mina John, Sushena Krishnaswamy, Sarah J Martin, Catriona Ooi, Louise Owen, Darren Russell, Alan Street, Jeffrey J Post

Sexual Health | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background Women comprise ~10% of people living with HIV in Australia, so are often underrepresented in research. METHODS: This study invited clinicians providing care to women living with HIV to complete an anonymous survey containing questions related to four key areas: HIV (including diagnosis, treatment and virological outcomes), reproductive health (including sexual activity, contraception, pregnancy and outcomes) and linkage and retention in care. RESULTS: In total, 484 surveys were received, with responses from all states and territories. Most women living with HIV in Australia are on treatment (>90%) and virologically suppressed (>90% have a viral load <50 copies mL-1). Almost 75% of..

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