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HIV co-infection study

HIV is one of the greatest burdens on an already fragile health delivery system in PNG. Despite the success of the rollout of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), infectious diseases will remain a serious problem in people living with HIV and AIDS. To date, much of the research into the HIV epidemic in PNG has focused on drivers of the disease, but little is known about biological factors. In a country where disease diagnosis is limited, we know very little about the aetiology of (opportunistic) infections in HIV positive people. An improved understanding of the aetiology of these infections will lead to better diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

The aim of the project is to determine the aetiology of HIV positive people in PNG. Specifically, we aim to determine:

  1. the cause of respiratory infections, diarrhoeal disease and invasive disease in HIV positive patients
  2. antibiotic drug susceptibility on bacterial pathogens
  3. gain an insight into factors associated with specific concurrent infections in HIV positive people in PNG.

This work is funded through a grant from the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS). Sample collection commenced in 2010 and continued throughout 2011. This study is being conducted in Port Moresby, Goroka and Madang, in collaboration with researchers at University of Papua New Guinea and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. We are also very grateful for the support from the Central Public Health Laboratory in Port Moresby.


Infection and Immunity



Dr William Pomat
Deputy Director - Science and Unit Head

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