2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference



  • Theme A Best Oral WINNER: Bethany HorsburghThe Genetic Traits Of Full-Length HIV Sequenced From Memory T Cell Subsets
  • Theme A Best Poster WINNER: Jake RhodesDeveloping Flow Cytometry Based In Situ Hybridisation (Primeflowtm) To Determine Early Interactions Between HIV And Its Target Cells In Human Tissue
  • Theme B Best Oral WINNER: Simone HerbertCharacteristics Of Individuals With Heterosexually- Acquired Compared With Homosexually- Acquired HIV And Implications For Clinical Practice
  • Theme B Best Poster WINNER: Krista SiefriedFailure Of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) In Adults In Australia Is Mainly Due To ART Toxicity
  • Theme C Best Oral WINNER: Benjamin BavintonHIV Risk In Recent Anal Intercourse Events Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) And Transgender Women (TGW) In Bali, Indonesia
  • Theme C Best Poster WINNER: Judith DeanOnline HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) Service In Queensland: Users, Usage And Usability
  • Theme D Best Oral WINNER: Elan LazuardiStrengthening HIV Care Engagement In Indonesia: Evidence From The Qualitative Literature And Fieldwork
  • Theme D Best Poster WINNER: Jillian LauCommunity and Provider Attitudes Towards Treatment Interruptions in HIV Cure Trials
  • Best Case Presentation WINNER: Victoria Hall“Peeling Back The Onion Layers” - The Challenge of HIV Associated Multicentric Castleman’s Disease 


WINNER: Judith DeanOnline HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) Service in Queensland: Users, Usage and Usability



WINNER: Bethany Horsburgh, The Genetic Traits of Full-Length HIV Sequenced From Memory T Cell Subsets

Despite transformative changes to the diagnosis and treatment of HIV over the past 30 years, the search for an HIV cure is as relevant now as ever. Australian scientists, clinicians and community members have much to contribute to the search for a cure given our long track record of outstanding research and collaboration. As the focus on HIV cure strategies intensifies, engagement between people living with HIV and those researching and developing an HIV cure must be strong and purposeful.

Alan Brotherton (1963-2015) was a man who seized his HIV diagnosis as a call to action, dedicating the majority of his life to advocacy for people living with HIV. Alan was instrumental in the foundation of some of Australia’s major peer-based HIV community organisations, including Positive Life NSW and the National Association of People with HIV in Australia (NAPWHA). His commitment to a partnership approach to HIV prevention and treatment helped to shape Australia’s pioneering and hugely successful public health response to HIV. Alan was also a tireless advocate for research and was personally involved in critically important research related to an HIV cure, right until his last days. His commitment was extraordinary!