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PrEP to be added to Australia's PBS slashing costs.

People at risk of HIV will save hundreds of dollars from next month with the price of a preventative drug slashed.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily drug recently recommended for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

It is 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and from April will be available to high-risk general patients for $39.50 a monthly script, with concessional patients to pay $6.40.

Without the $180 million government subsidy patients would have paid nearly $2500 a year.

"(The listing) puts Australia in reach of being one of the first countries in the world to end the transmission of HIV," Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday.

He says the change will not only benefit gay and bisexual men, but also help drive down HIV rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrant communities, which have seen increased transmission rates in recent years.

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations says until now access to PrEP has been patchy, prohibitively expensive and mainly accessed through clinical trials.

"This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response," federation CEO Darryl O'Donnell said in a statement.

The federation argues investment in HIV prevention also makes excellent financial sense, with each averted transmission of HIV saving the taxpayer one million dollars in lifetime costs.

Under the listing, patients will receive a three-month prescription and a sexual health check on each visit to the GP.

The government is also spending $1.2 million over five years on education and awareness measures for prescribers and affected communities on how to access and use PrEP.

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Gay and bisexual men urged to vaccinate against meningococcal after Melbourne outbreak

Gay men are being urged to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease after a sudden outbreak in Melbourne.

Health authorities are offering a free vaccine from today after eight men were struck down with the disease's C-strain since May.

Victoria's deputy chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said almost all the patients identified as gay or bisexual.

"Eight doesn't sound like a big number, but if this were to affect the whole of Melbourne at the same rate as it's affected men who have sex with men, we'd be talking about a couple of hundred cases over a few months," he said.

Meningococcal disease is uncommon but it can be deadly.

Ten per cent of cases are fatal within 24 to 48 hours of diagnosis.

The bacteria lives in the throat and nose and is passed on through close and prolonged contact.

"That includes intimate kissing and we think that's what's driving transmission in this outbreak," Dr Sutton said.

Patients in the high-risk group who come down with a high fever, headache and light sensitivity should see their doctor or go to hospital.

Men can get the vaccine from their local GP as of today.

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Victorian Gay youth get $3.6m

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GLBTI youth have scored a much needed win after the Victorian state budget was delivered yesterday afternoon.

The State Government has committed $3.6 million over four years to establish a youth suicide community support program to target young same-sex attracted and Indigenous young people. Picking up where many depression and mental health organisations have failed.

In the same budget, the Government also committed a further $4.9 million over four years to expand rural mental health services.

Minster for mental health Lisa Neville said "staff based in community health centres and youth centres will provide preventative support, and would be involved in local activities for early intervention. We understand that Victorians are concerned about the health and wellbeing of their loved ones, that is why we are taking action to provide access to the right care and support when it is needed,”.

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