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Good news for temporary residents living with HIV

People currently in Australia on temporary visas to get access to HIV treatment and care in 2021 under a new National Partnership Agreement with State and Territory Governments.

The Commonwealth Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has announced his commitment to work with State and Territory Governments to secure a National Partnership Agreement that will give residents of Australia who are living with HIV and ineligible for Medicare, access to HIV treatment and care in 2021.

Currently, people on temporary visas which includes overseas students and workers have to rely on personal importation, drug trials or compassionate access arrangements to access HIV medications which are essential for their health and to reduce transmission.
This means that people living with HIV who are on temporary visas will now get the same access to immediate HIV treatments as all other people diagnosed with HIV in Australia.

Read more about these arrangements on the NAPWHA website

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