Author Garry Wotherspoon will unveil his history of Positive Life NSW at its 21st anniversary celebrations.
Tomorrow Positive Life NSW will mark its 21st birthday with a celebration and the launch of Wotherspoon’s Making A Difference. The book traces the development from small meeting group to impressive lobby group.
Originally known as People Living With AIDS NSW, the organisation began at the Trade Union Club in Surry Hills when activists and HIV advocates met to discuss their concerns.
Celebrating 21 years of Positive Life is about more than acknowledging the longevity of our organisation, Positive Life president Jason Appleby said.
It’s about reflecting on the successes of the past. For Positive Life NSW, celebrating 21 years is about celebrating and honouring the people and the voices that have made the Australian response to HIV one of the most successful responses to illness in the world.
The organisation changed its name to reflect changes in focus.
In 2009, we continue our work to recognise the changing needs of people with HIV, from the newly diagnosed to those who have lived long-term with the virus, Appleby said.
Life with HIV is now a continuum and we work for and continue to fight for the health and wellbeing of all people with HIV in NSW.
It’s the work we do on stigma and discrimination, relationships and sex, and a whole host of life and social issues that really sets us apart.
info: Positive Life NSW 21st anniversary celebration, August 27, Kings Cross Hotel, Macleay St, Potts Point from 6pm.

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