Category Archives: Peer Support

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

Rapid: Making HIV Testing More Convenient For Brisbane

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We are always reading about HIV and what we can do to help prevent transmission, but do we really need to listen?  In Australia, it is estimated that there are up to 35,000 people living with HIV, of these people, just over 24,000 actually know that they are living with HIV.  So that means that when you pick up a guy and ask about (or assume) their HIV status, how can you really be sure, or how can they really be sure... Read more

Experiences of HIV – The Seroconversion Study

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What do we do? People in Australia recently diagnosed with HIV are invited to participate in the Seroconversion Study, conducted by the Kirby Institute (University of New South Wales) and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University). Funding is generously provided by the Health Departments of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, NT and the ACT. The study has been running since 1992 and... Read more

Supporting a friend or loved one that is living with HIV

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I want to first of all make emphasis that HIV cannot be transmitted by casual contact. This means that you can still hug, kiss and share a drink with your loved one. No two people living with HIV (PLHIV) will have the same experiences living with HIV and as such, no two PLHIV will require the same type of support. It is also important to acknowledge that often people supporting a loved one with HIV require support of... Read more

Volunteering @ IAC2014

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It’s truly an exciting year for the HIV sector in Australia, and indeed the South Pacific region. For the first time in the 29-year history of the International AIDS Conference (IAC), Australia will host the conference in Melbourne from July 20 to July 25 2014. The IAC is the largest health conference in the world, and brings together scientists, clinicians, researchers, community workers as well as other stakeholders... Read more

Peer Support > A new philosophy for 2014

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What an exciting year 2014 is shaping up to be in the world of Peer Support! I am adjusting my working hours to enable me to work the first Saturday of the month in alignment with the QPP BBQ. This has now occurred twice and it is already proving to be very successful. For people living with and affected by HIV that are unable to access our service due to other commitments such as work, this provides the opportunity for... Read more