HIV Futures is a major, long term study which explores the health, wellbeing and life experiences of people living with HIV in Australia.
The study aims to improve understanding of the complexity of factors that support or hinder good quality of life for people living with HIV. This may include socio-demographic characteristics, financial and housing security, employment, physical and emotional health, treatment-use, family relationships, romantic and sexual relationships, community connectedness, engagement with clinical and support services or experiences of HIV-related discrimination or stigma.
The HIV Futures project began in 1997 with a major national survey of people living with HIV. This was followed by a series of in-depth interviews with people living with HIV conducted between 1997 and 2000. Since 1997, the national survey has been repeated periodically (every two to three years). Data for HIV Futures 8 was collected in 2015/2016 and HIV Futures 9 will begin in 2018. Through these surveys, the HIV Futures project has generated an important body of data about the lives and experiences of people living with HIV - a dataset which now spans nearly 20 years.
HIV Futures is run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The project is officially endorsed by the following national organisations and actively supported by their state and territory based member organisations: the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM). Since 1997, HIV Futures has received extensive support from the HIV sector and from people living with HIV across all states and territories in Australia. The study has been successful thanks to the many thousands of people living with HIV who have taken the time to complete HIV Futures surveys over the years.
HIV Futures 8 launched
The first of three broadsheet reports of findings from HIV Futures 8 were launched at the ASHM Conference in Adelaide in November.
HIV Futures 8 is ARCSHS major national survey of the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV funded by the Australian Government Department of Health in partnership with the National Association of People with HIV Australia, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine. Three research briefs were released at the conference examining: i) Health and wellbeing of people living with HIV, ii) HIV exposure and testing, and iii) Experiences of antiretroviral treatment. Copies of these reports can be found under the 'Report and Monographs' link below.
Below is information about the range of publications reporting on findings from the HIV Futures project since it began. Where possible we provide PDF copies or links to reports. If you would like more information please email us.
Reports and Monographs
Peer Reviewed Publications
Power J, Brown G, Lyons A, Thorpe R, Dowsett GW and Lucke J (2017). HIV Futures 8: protocol for a repeated cross-sectional and longitudinal survey of people living with HIV in Australia. Front. Public Health. 5:50. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00050. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00050/abstract
Power, J, Lyons. A, Brown, G, Dowsett, GW and Lucke, J (2017). Use of antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV in Australia between 1997 and 2012, AIDS Care 29(1):61-66
Koelmeyer, R., English, D., Smith, A., and Grierson, J. (2014). Association of social determinants of health with self-rated health among Australian gay and bisexual men living with HIV. AIDS Care 26(1):65-74
Carman M, Grierson J, Pitts M, Hurley M, Power J. (2010) Trends in the location of the HIV-positive population in Australia: Implications for access to healthcare services and delivery. Sexual Health 7:154-158.
Lyons, A., Pitts, M., Grierson, J., Thorpe, R., & Power, J. (2010) Ageing with HIV: health and psychosocial well-being of older gay men, AIDS Care 22(1):1236-44
Thorpe, R., Grierson, J., and Pitts, M., (2008), Gender differences in patterns of HIV service use in a national sample of HIV-positive Australians, AIDS Care 20(5):547-52
Grierson, J. W., Pitts, M. K., & Thorpe, R. D. (2007). State of the (positive) nation: Findings from the fourth national Australian HIV Futures survey. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 18(9), 622-625.
Grierson, J. W., Pitts, M. K., & Misson, S. (2005). Health and wellbeing of HIV-positive Australians: Findings from the third national HIV Futures survey. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 16(12), 802-6.
Pitts, M., Grierson, J., & Misson, S. (2005). Growing Older with HIV: A Study of health, social and economic circumstances for people living with HIV in Australia over the age of 50 Years. AIDS Patient Care & STDs 19(7): 460-465.
de Visser, R. & Grierson, J (2002). Use of alternative therapies by people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia, AIDS Care 14(5):599-606.