HIV notifications in heterosexuals, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people who inject drugs, and female sex workers in NSW, 2015–2019

This report provides an overview of data HIV diagnoses in heterosexual people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people who inject drugs in NSW during the NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020, with analyses based on data available between 2013 and 2019.

Key findings
  • Heterosexual people: New HIV notifications among people reporting heterosexual exposure remained stable between 2015 and 2019 at between 50 and 65 new notifications each year.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Between 2015 and 2019, new HIV notifications among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have sex with men varied between 5 and 8 per year, and remained very low (between 0 and 2 per year) among people who reported heterosexual exposure or injecting drug use exposure.
  • People who inject drugs: Between 2015 and 2019 new HIV notifications among people who inject drugs remained low. There were between 4 and 6 new diagnoses in total per year
  • Female sex workers: HIV incidence among female sex workers seen at publicly funded sexual health clinics in NSW was 0.07 per 100 person years between 2014 and 2018. The incidence of HIV among women involved in sex work in NSW is extremely low—among the lowest in the world—due to highly successful HIV prevention for this priority population.