The treatments landscape has changed. Modern medications are safer, easier to take, and much more effective at suppressing the virus. There is also compelling evidence that treating HIV earlier can reduce the amount of HIV in body reservoirs, reduce the amount of chronic inflammation that HIV causes, and also prevent the onset of other serious chronic diseases. Access to HIV medications is more important than ever. Access must be convenient, affordable with a minimum of prescription barriers. 

HIV medication in community pharmacies

Positive Life NSW has long advocated for the dispensing of HIV medications by community pharmacies (chemists) and we strongly support the introduction of a more flexible HIV medication dispensing model aimed at providing people with HIV with a range of access options in a convenient accessible manner.

Electronic Integration of Health Records in NSW Health

From April 2017 public hospital pathology reports will be shared with the MyHealth Record and rolled out through the NSW Health state-wide clinical information system HealtheNet Clinical Portal.

The EMA Scheme

The EMA scheme was run out of the Albion Centre pharmacy and enabled people with HIV who are stable on treatment to have their medications posted to their home or a nominated community pharmacy. This EMA Scheme was superseded in 2015 by the move to community pharmacy dispensing of HIV medications.

Resources

The Choice Is Yours - website

Options for picking up your HIV medication - May 2015

Pharmacy practice support resources address changes in HIV dispensing conditions - April 2015

PrEP Access Options 2015 - May 2015

ASHM Communique #2 - April 2015

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