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Mr Phillip Keen, Dr Prital Patel and Dr Benjamin Bavinton – Trends in HIV testing, undiagnosed HIV, and HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men in Australia

Event date: 
15 October 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Event Type: 
Seminar
Booking deadline: 

Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Mr Phillip Keen

Mr Phillip Keen

Coordinator, NSW HIV Prevention Partnership Project, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Phillip Keen is the coordinator of the NSW HIV Prevention Partnership Project, which undertakes monitoring and evaluation of the NSW HIV Strategy. He is also a PhD candidate at UNSW Sydney. His research is focussed on barriers to HIV testing and late HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men.

image - Mr Phillip Keen, Dr Prital Patel and Dr Benjamin Bavinton – Trends in HIV testing, undiagnosed HIV, and HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men in Australia
Dr Prital Patel

Dr Prital Patel

Research Fellow, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Prital Patel is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute. She completed her PhD in Medical BioPhysics at the University of Toronto. She currently works on the ACCESS database. Her projects include strengthening the capabilities of ACCESS, providing support to clinical trials, and generating algorithms to identify PrEP users.

image - Mr Phillip Keen, Dr Prital Patel and Dr Benjamin Bavinton – Trends in HIV testing, undiagnosed HIV, and HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men in Australia
Dr Benjamin Bavinton

Dr Benjamin Bavinton

Research Fellow, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Benjamin Bavinton has worked in the field of HIV prevention and research for 15 years in Australia and internationally. He is a research fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, focusing on the biomedical, behavioural and epidemiological aspects of HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. His current projects are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), identifying gaps in HIV prevention in Australia, and sexual behaviour among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Abstract

Based on national and New South Wales HIV strategies aiming to virtually eliminate HIV transmission, new HIV testing initiatives targeting gay and bisexual men (GBM) have been introduced to increase the number of HIV tests performed, increase uptake of annual testing and HIV testing frequency, and reduce time between infection and diagnosis.

First, Mr Phillip Keen and Dr Prital Patel will summarise initiatives undertaken under two NSW HIV Strategies to increase testing among GBM. The impact of these initiatives will be described using indicators measuring number of HIV tests performed in NSW statewide, annual testing, annual testing frequency, testing concurrent with an STI diagnosis, HIV positivity, and the estimated proportion of GBM living with undiagnosed HIV in NSW. Data sources included a sentinel surveillance system (ACCESS), the NSW Health denominator data project, and the National HIV Registry.

Second, Dr Benjamin Bavinton will present national 2014-2018 data from the Gay Community Periodic Surveys on HIV testing frequency, stratified by use or non-use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Contact for inquiries: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
Image - Mr Phillip Keen, Dr Prital Patel and Dr Benjamin Bavinton – Trends in HIV testing, undiagnosed HIV, and HIV testing frequency among gay and bisexual men in Australia

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15 October 2019

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