2006 October Australian HIV Surveillance Report

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
  • Diagnoses in the second quarter: 1 April – 30 June 2006
    • A total of 186 diagnoses of HIV infection, 11 diagnoses of AIDS and 15 deaths following AIDS were reported, by 30 September 2006, to have occurred in the second quarter of 2006.
    • Following adjustment for reporting delay, the estimated numbers of AIDS diagnoses and deaths following AIDS occurring in the second quarter of 2006 were 24 and 11.
    • In comparison, 268 diagnoses of HIV infection, 57 diagnoses of AIDS and 14 deaths following AIDS were reported by 30 September 2006, to have occurred in the second quarter of 2005
  • During the second quarter of 2006, 50 males 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. A history of homosexual contact, with or without a history of injecting drug use, was reported in 45 (90%) cases.
  • People diagnosed with HIV infection in the year to 30 June 2006 had an average age of 37 years and 1.4% was in the age group 13 – 19 years.