The only means for detecting undiagnosed HIV infection is through HIV testing.
ASHM actively works to identify and remove barriers to HIV testing at administrative, clinical and individual levels. ASHM also works with the HIV health workforce to educate professionals about new and emerging testing methods, and to promote the full range of HIV testing options.
The National HIV Testing Policy outlines guidelines and best practice for HIV testing in the Australian setting.
ASHM facilitates reviews of the National HIV Testing Policy through an Expert Reference Group. We then publish the Policy through the ASHM Testing Portal. The website provides national testing policy for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
On 1st December 2017, the Victorian Minister for Health announced that the Act and Regulation have changed to include ASHMs National Testing policies as the units of competency for "persons of a prescribed class". If you are ordering HIV tests or giving HIV positive test results in Victoria, please see the National Testing Policy to ensure you have met this competency unit.
For more information contact Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training and Learning (VHHITAL)
Point of Care tests (PoCT) refer to rapid screening tests done outside of the traditional laboratory setting. They are also referred to as 'rapid tests'. PoCT is available at sites across Australia.
ASHM maintains a national curriculum on PoCT which can be used by health professionals and community agency staff to educate test operators on practical issues around:
This curriculum was funded through a grant from the Australian Government, Department of Health.
ASHM produces a range of resources for practitioners involved in HIV testing and conveying results, with testing covered in many of our discipline-specific resources. Chapters covering prevention, testing and diagnosis are also included in ASHM clinical texts. These are available on the Resources webpage.
ASHM has produced the Australasian Contact Tracing Guidelines to provide practical support and guidance to enhance the effectiveness of partner notification when a patient is diagnosed with a treatable sexually transmitted infection. ASHM has also produced a Partner Notification (contact tracing) online module, developed specifically for Western Australia and available on the ASHM online Learning Management System (LMS).