‘Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence.’ World Health
The Department of Health and Human Services funds and supports a range of local and statewide services for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.
The key objectives of this work are to:
- reduce the incidence, prevalence and burden of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections
- promote access to prevention, screening, treatment, care and support services
- improve literacy about sexual health and sexually transmissible infections
- reduce stigma and discrimination related to sexual health and blood-borne viruses
- work to strengthen the Victorian response to blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections through integrated service delivery
- drive innovative, contemporary and evidence-based approaches to inform policy and programmatic responses to blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.
PrEP: HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
The Commonwealth Government recently approved the listing of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 April 2018 individuals at medium- to high-risk of HIV can access PrEP through the PBS to help them reduce their risk of HIV.
Find out more about PrEP and how to prescribe it
The updated Victorian guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provides information for health professionals on how to prescribe PrEP.
Victorian HIV strategy 2017-2020
Through the Victorian HIV strategy 2017-2020 the Victorian Government will improve prevention, testing and treatment of HIV. In collaboration with affected communities we will also reduce HIV stigma and discrimination. A key target of the strategy is to have 95 per cent of people with HIV diagnosed, accessing the best treatment, and achieving undetectable viral load by 2030. The strategy also seeks to eliminate HIV-related discrimination and stigma.
Read more about the HIV strategy.