HIV Notifications up 34% in Queensland, a rise described by doctors as alarming

Published: May 28, 2014

Queensland has seen a dramatic spike in HIV notifications, with 93 people diagnosed this year, up 34 per cent on the same period 12 months ago.

Dr Andrew Redmond from HIV Foundation Queensland says the statistics are alarming.

"It’s only provisional figures at this stage and we will have more reliable data by the end of the year," he said.

"Why we’re getting more positives now it’s hard to know.

"We’re really trying to test people who are of high risk of HIV, and it’s certainly possible that if we’re going to test people of high risk, we’re going to get more positive tests or it might be the rates are just really going up.

"It’s very difficult to know."

Last year, Queensland was the first state to roll out free rapid HIV tests, where a person knows their HIV status within 30 minutes.

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