The festive season is a time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate the year that was, which may get many of us to thinking about our health and wellbeing.
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On December 19, the NSW health minister Jillian Skinner welcomed news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had approved new rapid screening tests for HIV.
The Australian Federation of AIDS organisations (AFAO) said that the tests are designed to deliver results "while you wait" at a clinic, instead of sending the test to a lab and waiting for results which can take over a week.
Mrs Skinner joined federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek and parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King at the announcement at the Albion Centre.
"The on-the-spot rapid testing produces preliminary results in just 30 minutes. The test – Alere Determine Combo HIV 1/2 AG/AB – will go a long way to ensuring patients can quickly assess their HIV status, receive treatment quicker and potentially curb infection rates," Mrs Skinner said.
"NSW really is entering a new era of HIV prevention which will encourage testing, treatment, support and community education to ensure support is available for patients, their family and carers."