In a shock report recently released, an increase in the number of people contracting HIV infection has been blamed on the mining boom.
According to the report, rates of HIV infection in Australia have increased by almost 50% in the past eight years.
The latest figures show that Australia now has about 10,000 cases of Aids, while more than 27,000 people are infected with HIV.
Researchers say the rise has been fuelled by Australia’s mining boom.
It is claimed wealthy miners and businessmen taking holidays overseas contract the virus through unprotected sex.
According to Don Baxter, from the Australian Federation of Aids Organisations, a growing number of heterosexuals have tested positive for HIV.
“It appears to be chiefly men who are holidaying in South East Asia and Papua New Guinea, and having unprotected sex with women who must have been positive,” he said.