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Community of Practice for Action on HIV & Mobility (CoPAHM)

HIV and Mobility: In Brief


Population mobility has increased dramatically in the last sixty years, contributing to the transmission of a number of infectious diseases globally, including HIV. Notifications of HIV in countries such as Australia, the United States, Canada and some European nations have increased among people born overseas, and in some instances, among people travelling to other countries. The relationship between HIV and population mobility is complex, and the causal links between HIV and the experiences of people travelling to and from regions of high HIV prevalence are not well understood. Overlayed are issues of stigma, discrimination, racism, and evolving economic and migration policies which influence access to testing and treatment services.

What is CoPAHM? 


To keep HIV and mobility issues on the national agenda, the Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility (CoPAHM) was established in March 2015 with funding from the WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program.

Who are out members? 

The CoPAHM is an alliance of over 150 stakeholders from government and non-government organisations, research institutions, community groups, and national peak bodies. These members have an interest in HIV and mobility issues and wish to remain connected or collaborate with others working, researching or developing policy in this area.

What do we do? 

The CoPAHM is used by members to identify ways to work together to progress the action areas highlighted within the Road Map for Action, ensuring that migrant and mobile populations are part of the ongoing dialogue on HIV prevention, treatment and support. The role of the CoPAHM is to increase partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders to facilitate policy, research and practice efforts regarding HIV and mobility.

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