HIV Test Campaign
Watch GP, Dr Bill Kefalas explain how HIV testing, diagnosis and treatment has changed and how to make HIV testing part of routine patient care. For more information go to NSW Government Health Ending HIV Page.
NSW HIV Support Program
Every person diagnosed with HIV has the right to and should be offered 5 Key Support Services:
- Effective clinical management, including access to treatment
- Psychosocial support
- Counselling about prevention of transmission of HIV to others, including the role of treatment in reducing the risk of transmission
- Support to ensure that all at risk partners are identified and tested for HIV
- Linkage to relevant specialist, community and peer support services
The NSW HIV Support Program ensures that expert advice, support and resources needed by doctors to deliver the 5 Key Support Services are available at the time of making an HIV diagnosis.
HIV Testing Week 2016
HIV Testing Week aims to encourage people to test more often. Testing week will be held 1 -7 June 2016.
Pozhet Resource and Website launch
Pozhet launched their website, social media and health promotion resources for people living with HIV at Redfern Health Centre on 22nd October 2014.
Dr. Roger Garcia HIV specialist and the Director of HIV from RPA Hospital who has been involved with Pozhet since its early years, opened the Pozhet launch by talking about the history of Pozhet, the new resources and the website.
He spoke about the importance of having a service for heterosexual men and women living with HIV.
Dianne Nyoni from Positive Speakers shared her personal story as a woman who was diagnosed late, and is now one of the public faces of women living with HIV in NSW.
At the Pozhet launch in October 2014, she spoke eloquently about her journey and addressed the value of having a service like Pozhet which provided support, education and information for heterosexual men and women who often feel stigmatised and socially isolated.
Rachel Katterl, the Pozhet Coordinator also addressed the attendees, made up of representatives from HIV services, including ACON, Positive Life, Bobby Goldsmith Service, Sydney Local Health District and many other services.
Rachel spoke about the website and all the resources and their focus on man and women in sero-discordant relationships.
Let’s Go Hetero November 2012
In late 2012 Pozhet held a forum for workers, volunteers and community members in the HIV sector called ‘Let’s Go Hetero’
The full day event featured:
- Current data and research about heterosexual people with HIV
- Updates from recent studies about treatment, transmission and prevention
- Reproductive options for people with HIV
- Presentations by people with HIV, researchers, clinicians and health workers
Introduction by Dr Roger Garsia (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) Dr Garsia introduces the Pozhet ‘Let’s Go Hetero’ Forum held in December 2012. He outlines the profile of heterosexuals with HIV within the wider context of HIV in Australia, showing that there are no stereotypes for heterosexuals with HIV, and that they acquire HIV in a variety of ways.
Asha Persson (Centre for Social Research in Health) Asha speaks about sex and perceptions of risk in heterosexual serodiscordant relationships (couples where one person has HIV and the other doesn’t)
Adrian Ogier (National Association of People with HIV Australia, NAPWHA) Adrian speaks about current Treatments for HIV and the evidence that HIV treatment prevents transmission. He outlines current HIV prevention strategies and looks at case studies of people starting HIV treatment.
Dr Virginia Furner (Albion Centre) Dr Furner talks about conception and pregnancy in couples with HIV, particularly serodiscordant couples (where one person has HIV and the other doesn’t)
-recorded at Redfern Health Centre at Let’s Go Hetro, Workforce Development Day 27th November 2014.
Tim Duck (NSW Ministry of Health)
Tim outlines the current statistics and data for heterosexual HIV transmission and acquisition in NSW.
HIV affects people of different ages, cultures, religions and ways of life. HIV does affect heterosexual people in Australia. HIV does not discriminate. The Heterosexual HIV/AIDS Service (Pozhet) made this video in partnership with Family Planning New South Wales. Thank you to all those involved. For further information on HIV or for sexual health concerns, contact your local HIV service, sexual health centre or Family Planning.