An accord on PrEP has been signed in Melbourne by a number of individuals and groups working in the local HIV sector as a way to show solidarity and support in their aligned goals.
Along with vigils, World AIDS Day in Queensland was marked by the announcement that along with Queensland Positive People and four other NGOs, the Queensland AIDS Council will share in $8m in HIV funding. This will see a partial restoration in funding following cuts made to the organisation three years ago.
Blue Ribbon Boys is a campaign that sees qualified Hornet users granted a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo, signifying their personal commitment to sexual health regardless of their HIV status.
3700 people in NSW being eligible to receive PrEP by early 2016 will not only reduce new HIV transmissions but should also pressure the rest of Australia to follow suit.
World AIDS Day was established in 1988 to mourn and honour the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses, as well as to help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS globally. The day has grown to one that also aims to tackle stigma and raise awareness on needed legal reforms and treatment access. Brent Allan looks to the future of Australia’s response to HIV.
World AIDS Day 2015 in Melbourne saw HIV researchers and scientists, alongside those living with HIV, come together to discuss the future of the virus and remember the lives lost to the epidemic.
Discrimination against people living with HIV is a crime by government law, yet 81 per cent of Australians think they are still treated as outcasts. How will the discrimination be tackled now that HIV notifications are increasing? Nina Bjordal reports.
News of a new Senate motion to look at fast tracking access to PrEP comes just as a new poster campaign is launched in Melbourne and Sydney by the same anonymous group behind the controversial “you can fuck raw” campaign in September.