The number of people diagnosed with HIV in the Australian state of New South Wales has dropped to its lowest point since records began, according to a report by NSW Health.
In 2018, 278 people were diagnosed as HIV-positive, between 2013 and 2017 the average was 335.6 a year.
New South Wales interim Labor leader Penny Sharpepraised the results: “New South Wales is a world leader in the prevention and spread of HIV. This is incredible news and a great achievement.”
Many health experts attribute the drop in HIV diagnoses to the state’s increased use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The medication was made widely available in the state in 2016 and is 99 percent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.