How to reference HIV Policy

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National HCV Testing Policy

The National HCV Testing Policy 2007 has been reviewed by an Expert Reference Committee - a joint working party of the Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS) of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

The National HCV Testing Policy 2012 will be available here in March/April 2012. Please check back at this time.

Download a copy of the National HCV Testing Policy 2007.


Linking to the Testing Portal


We have a couple of options for how you can link to the Testing Portal as well as the actual HIV testing policy.

1.0 Simple text linking

The simplest is plain text and suits most websites. Simple text will display a string of text as highlighted in the box below. You will need to request that your developer includes the following code onto each relevant page. Please note that the code can be adjusted to satisfy any of your organisational website policies.

HIV Testing Policy


The National HIV Testing Policy is for Australian health professionals who order HIV tests and receive and interpret the results. It is updated every six months on the Testing Portal.

Hepatitis C Testing Policy


The hcv" target="_blank">National Hepatitis C Testing Policy is for Australian health professionals who order hepatitis C tests and receive and interpret the results. It is updated every six months on the Testing Portal.

2.0 Linking with a graphic

This method references a banner that is located on our website and displays as follows,

Visit the Australasian National HIV HCV and HBV Testing Policies

You will need to request that your webmaster include the following text onto the respective pages. Please note that the code can be adjusted to satisfy any of your organisational website policies.

Visit the Australasian National HIV HCV and <span class=HBV Testing Policies" width="220" height="80" />

About this testing portal

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The National Testing Policies are targeted toward health professionals ordering HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B tests and receiving, interpreting and delivering results to patients. They set out a framework for providing paulity testing and removing real and perceived barriers to testing. The web based provision of the policies allows for regular revision and access to related resources (eg related policies, operational guidelines, evidence of best practice) with download and print functions. We are also working on having the policies optimised for mobile accessing.

ASHM was contracted by the Department of Health (DoH) to coordinate the review of the HIV and HCV testing policies and to develop the new hepatitis B testing policy, and to develop this web portal. This project is now completed and with it DoH funding for this purpose. It is now up to ASHM to provide maintenance of these policies and to go through a rigorous process of review of content and continuous improvement to the delivery of the information.

The first task ASHM has undertaken is to formally endorse the draft/revised policies based on the work done by the Expert Reference Committees. The Board is also doing a review of the committee structures, terms of reference, membership, relationships with other bodies and mechanisms for endorsement. This has been necessitated because if the change of funding arrangements. Having direct control of the policies will considerably free ASHM to further develop and up-date the policies, as ASHM policies and then promulgate them to stakeholders with the view to stakeholder endorsement and/or reliance upon them.

We are uploading the current iterations which have been drafts and with the DOH for over 12 months. While circulated broadly as draft during that time that have been in limbo and of diminished political capital, despite the consensus agreement on the content by the ERC. We recognise there may be need for some immediate updating and the Board is taking advice on that. There are however very important inclusions in these documents which have hither to only been available in draft, for example increase support for self testing. This work will be progressing over the next few months.


Privacy Statement

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Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

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This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

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Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.
This policy was last modified on 29 July 2011

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy please contact us using the information below:

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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