Australia: Fears for Aborigines in Spread of HIV
October 28, 2010
HIV is increasingly being spread among indigenous Australians by injection drug users (IDUs), according to a presentation at the recent Australasian HIV/AIDS conference in Sydney. At least one indigenous HIV researcher, however, challenged this interpretation.
Higher rates of HIV among IDUs could quickly transition into heterosexual and homosexual transmissions among aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, said Baxter. Sexual transmissions could be fueled among indigenous people because of the already high rate of STDs, which facilitate HIV's spread, and the lack of access to health care, he said.
Sydney Morning Herald
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