ASHM National HIV Testing Policy 2017 

The policy is undergoing an internal review to identify any areas for further updating or addition, given the time delay since the current revision was completed and made available.

The Draft National Testing Policy 2014

The Draft National Testing Policy 2014 was provided to the DoH for endorsement by Commonwealth, States and Territories on 24 March 2014. The Expert Reference Committee thought that the revised draft National Testing Policy should be resubmitted to the BBVSS of the AHPPC for endorsement as it contained two significant changes from the 2011 version, namely:

  • calling for the removal of barriers to self-testing and
  • recommending that test for self-use should be evaluated by the TGA

Both of these recommendations have subsequently been taken up by the Australian Government and the changes were announced by the Minister for Health on 7 July 2014. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2013-dutton049.htm A copy of the draft policy can be accessed here and the draft appendices here. The document will now be updated to reflect these changes and comments on the draft are welcomed.

HIV Testing Policy v1.2 -> v1.3

Changes were made to

HIV Testing Policy v1.1 -> v1.2

Changes were made to

  • 4.0 Informed consent for testing
    • Emphasise use of appropriate supports when communicating with people
  • 5.0 Conveying HIV test results
    • Emphasise use of appropriate supports when communicating with people
  • 6.0 Surveillance and research
    • Amend duplication of text
  • 8.1 Routine testing
    • Removed redundant sentence
  • 8.2 Testing of infants born to mothers with HIV infection
    • Amend title to Testing of infants born to HIV infected mothers with HIV
      infection
  • 10 HIV testing in prisons
    • Section Added
    • Renumbering of subsequent sections
  • 11 Post-exposure prophylaxis
    • Removed potentially confusing sub-sections 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 and instead referred to National PEP policy
    • Renumbering of subsequent sub-sections
  • 11.1 PEP in health care settings
    • Strengthened obtaining informed consent before testing stored specimens
  • 12.1 Laboratories
    • Added “should” to laboratories submitting testing statistics
  • 13.2  Accreditation
    • Minor changes to make current

Minor changes were made throughout the policy document for consistency and wording.

Click to view HIV Testing Policy version 1.2 changes (PDF 333KB) in detail

The Expert Reference Committee saw these changes as improving the clarity of the document, but not changing its substantive meaning and has notified BBVSS of the AHPPC of these changes.

Updated version : 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1.2 (PDF, 220kB)

Previous version : 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1.1 (PDF, 170kB)

HIV Testing Policy v1.0 -> v1.1 

Minor changes were made to:

  • 8.0 Antenatal and perinatal testing
  • 10.3 Follow up testing after post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • 10.4 PEP in health care settings
  • 12.5 Quality assurance

Click to view HIV Testing Policy version 1.1 changes (PDF, 72kB) in detail.

The Expert Reference Committee saw these changes as improving the clarity of the document, but not changing its substantive meaning and has notified BBVSS of the AHPPC of these changes.

Updated version : 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1.1 (PDF, 170kB)

Previous version : 2011 National HIV Testing Policy v1.0 (PDF, 183kB)

Download HIV Testing Policy

See what's changed from previous version.

Download the new ASHM National HIV Testing Policy 2017 now available in PDF here.

 

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Development of this site and the 2014 and 2017 revisions of the testing policies was supported by: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing