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Peer Support Group Update

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QPP have been helping to coordinate monthly social events for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) across Queensland. We are expecting to extend social events to every region of the state in order to reach out to all people living with HIV. The aim of the Peer Support Groups is to enable all PLHIV to socialise with their peers in a safe place and in an environment which is non-judgmental. Creation of these community groups... Read more

Operating hours over the holiday season

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"QPP would like to wish our members and community and safe and happy festive season.  We appreciate your support throughout 2016 and look forward to the new year.  We wish to advise that QPP will be operating on a skeleton staff between Monday 19 December to Friday 23 December to support our existing clients and anyone who may need support and will then be closed from Monday 26 December and will reopen on Tuesday 0... Read more

Knocking Out Syphilis in Queensland

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With an outbreak of syphilis in south-east Queensland, it’s time to remind everyone about the importance of prevention, testing and treatment writes Peter Watts from Queensland Positive People together with Karen Dorante from the Queensland AIDS Council. Syphilis is easy to catch and can affect anyone regardless of their sexuality. However, in south-east Queensland a current spike in syphilis notifications among... Read more

Introducing QPP’s new program Life+

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With the commencement of a new year, 2016 also heralds new services and a new look for Queensland Positive People (QPP). At the heart of QPP’s exciting expansion over the next eighteen months is the dynamic new Life+ program, made possible by funding from Queensland Health and private industry including ViiV Healthcare. The current climate for HIV services in Australia is one of optimistic enthusiasm given recent... Read more

MEDIA RELEASE – HIV is a health issue, not a legal issue

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Position Statement: The criminal law is an ineffective and inappropriate tool to address HIV non-disclosure, exposure or transmission. International best practice acknowledges that public health frameworks are best placed to encourage a shared responsibility for HIV transmission, and public health interventions seek to effect change in risk-taking behaviour among those who have difficulty taking appropriate precautions... Read more

The End to Hepatitis C

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New Hep C Treatments cure 90% of people with HIV Co-infection In Australia it is estimated there are 230,000 people living with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and there are over 27,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) – for which approximately 10-15% of PLHIV also have Hepatitis C (HCV) coinfection. Hepatitis C causes liver disease.  To treat HCV, in the past, Interferon-based (injectable) treatment was required for 6 to 1... Read more

Talking About Tina

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The Ice Age is coming! You’ve likely heard it on the news, seen it on the television, cinemas and on social media: the ice epidemic is here. If there’s one thing that is a fact: media-fuelled panics are not new in history. Like other media coverage of illicit drug use and diseases—from Chinese opium dens in Britain during the 19th century, marijuana smoking in the 60s, the Grim Reaper ad of the 80s and now, the... Read more

Positively quitting…you’ll be glad you did!

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In 2010, Queensland Positive People (QPP) established the Positively Quitting program to provide quit smoking support for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Queensland. As a reminder, Positively Quitting resources can be ordered or downloaded from: www.qpp.org.au/living-hiv-staying-healthy/support-quit-smoking  Aside from the quit support booklet and card, a key component of this program is quit therapy reimbursement... Read more