While the rest of Australia excelled during the early response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, one state government dragged its LGBTI citizens down during their greatest hour of need. David Alexander speaks to three key figures involved in the fight against homophobia and discrimination during the time of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government.
BREAKING: The Queensland government will expand the size of its PrEP trial following the establishment of a working group.
Following Victoria and NSW’s recent PrEP trial expansions, Queensland’s Health Minister is not ruling out a similar increase but is facing a call to act soon by the state’s AIDS council.
Representatives from across the LGBTI community agree that the first LGBTI roundtable with a Queensland government in five years was a productive start to a reinvigorated relationship.
A community donation from Brisbane’s leather and fetish group BootCo has made sure the south east Queensland-based LGBTI Seniors Visitor Service can continue providing support and care over the Christmas period.
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.
As well as the return of a candlelight vigil in Brisbane’s CBD, a new online series exploring the lives of people living with HIV has also just been launched.
Major news for the Queensland AIDS Council that will see it receive government funding to extend its services to regional Queensland.
Queensland AIDS Council will start offering assistance to people interested in undertaking PrEP through its Clinic 30 sexual health service, along with providing access to PEP medications.