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Increase engagement in HIV for Aboriginal & Torres strait Islander PLHIV in Queensland – Queensland Positive People

Queensland Positive People (QPP) is a peer-based advocacy organisation which is committed to actively promoting self-determination and empowerment for all people living with HIV (PLHIV) throughout Queensland.

The establishment of QPP aligns with State and National HIV policy strategies that recognise HIV prevention, and sustaining improved health outcomes, requires a critical partnership between PLHIV and those responsible for making decisions that affect their access to specialist care, treatment and support.

This partnership is also recognised under Australia’s endorsement of the United Nations principle of MIPA: that the Meaningful Involvement of PLHIV in program development, implementation and policy-making will improve the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of the HIV response as they have directly experienced the factors that make individuals and communities vulnerable to HIV.

This project is a workshop that aims to address health disparities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Living with HIV in Queensland in the HIV treatment cascade.

The workshop will be designed to better understand barriers and facilitators for engagement with treatment and those issues which are unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV that cause disengagement from the HIV treatment cascade.

The project will also explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV understand complex concepts such as undetectable viral load, treatment as prevention and the need to engage in long term care for their HIV. This understanding will inform education and other incentives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV to initiate, adhere to treatment and remain engaged in care.  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV not on treatment and not engaged in care have poorer health outcomes, have a higher risk of HIV disease progression and have a higher risk of onward transmission of HIV.