Government steps up fight against sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses

The Government today announced it will invest around $30 million for a major new prevention program and research to address increasing rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

The announcement includes over $5 million in funding for improving testing, diagnosis and update of treatment for hepatitis B and over $5 million to reduce hepatitis and other blood borne virus rates by improving access to needle and syringe programs in rural and regional areas.

The funds were approved as part of the 2013 Federal budget and will be allocated over 4 years regardless of which party wins the Federal election on 7 September.

Click here to view the full media release from Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Tanya Plibersek

Click here to read Hepatitis Australia’s media release welcoming the funding allocated for hepatitis B testing, diagnosis and treatment and for improving access to Needle and Syringe programs in rural and regional areas.