2012 April 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 fourth quarter: 1 October – 31 December 2011
    • A total of 266 diagnoses of HIV infection, 25 diagnoses of AIDS and no deaths following AIDS were reported, by 31 March 2012, to have occurred in the fourth quarter of 2011.
    • In comparison, 232 diagnoses of HIV infection, 36 diagnoses of AIDS and 7 deaths following AIDS were reported by 31 March 2012, to have occurred in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2011, 74 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 primary HIV infection. Men who had sex with men, with or without a history of injecting drug use, accounted for 89.2% (66) of cases.
  • People diagnosed with HIV infection in the year to 31 December 2011 had an average age of 36 years and 1.5% were in the age group 13 – 19 years.