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HIV Disclosure Guide

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This guide contains the relevant law on disclosure of HIV status as it applies in Queensland as at June . It contains information on when to disclose in relation to employment, insurance, sex & relationships and more. It has been prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) in partnership with, and funded by Queensland Positive People (QPP).

MEDIA RELEASE: “Disclosing your HIV status” guide launched in Queensland!

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Queensland Positive People (QPP) is proud to announce the launch of “Disclosing your HIV status”, a guide for Queensland people living with HIV (PLHIV) to navigate legal issues and disclosure. The guide has been prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) in partnership with QPP.  The booklet aims to be used as an empowerment resource for PLHIV containing the most up-to-date and accurate information (as at June... Read more

Media Release: Removal of ‘AIDS’ from the Notifiable Conditions Schedule

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Queensland Positive People (QPP) welcomes the Queensland Government’s announcement today of the official removal of AIDS from the Notifiable Conditions Schedule in Queensland. Read Queensland Health's Media Statement, HIV treatment stops AIDS in its tracks, here. QPP President, Mark Counter, said that “It is a testament to modern science that people living with HIV (PLHIV) on a modern HIV treatment... Read more

PrEP Letter for GPs

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Now that PrEP is available on the PBS, any GP can prescribe it! You don’t have to find an s100 prescriber or go to a sexual health clinic for your script. If you, your partner or a friend are interested in accessing PrEP, you can print the letter below and take to your usual GP so that they can be confident that they are prescribing PrEP correctly. This letter provides information on testing, how to prescribe PrEP and where to access PrEP.

 

Breaking News: My Health Record factsheet for PLHIV

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My Health Record (MHR) is a centralised digital database housing an individual’s health information. The information can be accessed by the individual, selected healthcare providers and various other participants in the MHR system. From 16 July 2018, the MHR scheme will transition from being ‘opt-in’ to ‘opt-out’, meaning unless an individual chooses not to participate in the scheme, an MHR account will automatically be created for them.

The fact sheet, produced by the National Association of People living with HIV Australia, has produced this factsheet to inform us of the pros and cons of My Health Record and to let PLHIV in Australia know what this will mean for us.

Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2017

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QPP are always finding ways to upskill our staff in order to keep our service provision as up-to-date and high quality as possible. Earlier in November, QPP sent staff members to ASHM’s HIV/AIDS conference to learn about how the HIV sector is going in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region. Here is what a few of our staff had to say about the conference… Michael The ASHM symposium was little overwhelming, to be... Read more

Medicare Ineligible Fact Sheet

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In Australia, only Medicare Card holders may gain access to subsidised (low cost) HIV medicine through the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS). Given this situation, QPP and Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) have produced a factsheet for overseas visitors (working, studying or holidaying in Australia) who are not eligible for a Medicare Card to assist in considering their options for obtaining HIV treatment and medical healthcare monitoring during your stay in Australia, with a focus on support available in Queensland. The factsheet is available in 6 languages: English, Amharic, Swahili, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This resource was developed by Medicare Ineligible PLHIV Working Group. The members of the Working Group are: Satrio Nindyo Istiko (Peer Navigation Team Leader, QPP), Katelin Haynes (ASHM Queensland Program Manager), Dr Julian Langton-Lockton (Clinical Director, Sexual Health & HIV Service, Metro North HHS), Dr Andrew Redmond (Infectious Diseases Unit, RBWH, Metro North HHS), Dr Diane Rowling (Senior Staff Specialist, Sexual Health & HIV Service, Metro North HHS), Dr David Siebert (Princess Alexandria Sexual Health (PASH), Metro South HHS), Dr Mekala Srirajalingam (Ipswich Sexual Health Service, West Moreton HHS), Dr Caroline Thng (Gold Coast Sexual Health, Gold Coast HHS), Dr Ken Koh (General Practitioner/S100 Prescriber, Holdsworth House).

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HIV AND IMMIGRATION

For those who are seeking advice on Australian Permanent Residency application as an HIV-positive person, please contact an Australian Registered Migration Agent. Our Stigma and Discrimination program can support you to understand the general information regarding immigration for HIV-positive people and help with the referral to migration agencies.

For clinicians supporting HIV-positive people in their Permanent Residency application, please refer to the following resource developed by QPP and ASHM https://www.ashm.org.au/products/product/hivandimmigration

 

Finding Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

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Emotional and mental wellbeing is an important aspect of living well with HIV.  There may be many aspects of our emotional and mental health make-up that all converge together (sometimes not at the same time) that will determine if we are having a good day, a good week, or a good life, such that we may be generally happy, well and content. Often too, our emotional and mental wellbeing may also be linked to physical... Read more