1996 April Australian HIV Surveillance Update

The Australian HIV Surveillance Report has been published on a quarterly basis from July 1990. Reports published from January 1994 are available below. Each report includes article(s) on topics of general interest in the epidemiology of HIV and related infections updates on the number of cases of newly diagnosed HIV infection and AIDS in Australia estimates of HIV incidence and prevalence among people seen through a network of sexual health clinics in Australia.

The Australian HIV Surveillance Update provides a brief summary of HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the most recent quarter, the most recent year and cumulative counts. The Australian HIV Surveillance Update was published separately prior to the July 2000 issue of the Australian HIV Surveillance Report. Updates post April 2000 are included in the Australian HIV Surveilance Report.

Key findings
  • From 1 October to 31 December 1995:
    • 172 people were newly diagnosed with HIV infection.
    • 20 people were newly diagnosed with AIDS.
    • 129 people died following AIDS.
  • People diagnosed with HIV infection in the year to 31 December 1995 had an average age of 35 years, and 1.8% were in the age group 13 – 19 years. 91% were male, 8% were female, and sex was not recorded for 1% of cases.
  • During the fourth quarter of 1995, 31 males and 1 female were reported as having newly acquired HIV infection, identified by a negative test within the 12 months prior to diagnosis or the diagnosis of HIV seroconversion illness. Exposure to HIV was attributed to male homosexual/bisexual contact in 94% of cases.