After months of research into the needs of NSW’s HIV-positive population, People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is planning for the future.

PLWHA launched its strategic plan for 2004 to 2007 at a ceremony last week. Vice-president Scott Berry told Sydney Star Observer the organisation hoped to build its profile in the wider community, as well as helping to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.

We met with people across New South Wales and we asked them to talk to us about what their lives were like, Berry said. What the interviewees asked for was on-the-ground support.

The organisation has set down six goals for the next three years -“ including the development of personal skills of positive people, improved connections between different groups and HIV-positive individuals, increasing the profile of the organisation and advocacy to improve the lives of HIV-positive people. All of the goals would not be attainable under the organisation’s current funding sources, Berry said, but PLWHA was exploring alternative fundraising strategies.

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