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Pozhet Resources

Our resources are listed here for viewing, they are in pdf format only.

babyHaving a Baby

a guide for HIV positive women, men and their partners

Print version on A4 two pages per side  (570 KB 12 pages)

Viewable version  (480KB 22 pages)


lifeLife, Loving and HIV

a heterosexual’s guide to serodiscordant relationships

Print version on A4 two pages per side  (781 KB 10 pages)

Viewable version  (650KB 18 pages)


Changing Lives - A resource for heterosexual people living with HIVChanging Lives

Changing Lives – Introduction
Changing Lives – Positive Men
Changing Lives – Positive Women
Changing Lives – Couples
Changing Lives – Partners
Changing Lives – Telling Others
Changing Lives – Family Matters
Changing Lives – HIV Illness
Changing Lives – Talking Treatments
Changing Lives – Tips For Living Well
Changing Lives – Getting Support
Changing Lives – The Complete Resource








Sex Matters A – ZSex Matters A-Z





STI Chart
Straightpoz Study 1
Straightpoz Study 2
Peer Support
Serosilence and Serosharing
Get It Straight
Telling Others
Tips For Living Well
Looking After Yourself
HIV Medications Dosage Chart

Audio Visual Resources

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:

  1. Effective clinical management, including access to treatment
  2. Psychosocial support
  3. Counselling about prevention of transmission of HIV to others, including the role of treatment in reducing the risk of transmission
  4. Support to ensure that all at risk partners are identified and tested for HIV
  5. 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.

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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.

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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.

The resources Having a Baby and Life Loving and HIV can be accessed on the Pozhet website. Hard copies can be ordered by emailing pozhet@pozhet.org.au.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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)

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Dianne’s Story

-recorded at Redfern Health Centre at Let’s Go Hetro, Workforce Development Day 27th November 2014.

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Tim Duck (NSW Ministry of Health)

Tim outlines the current statistics and data for heterosexual HIV transmission and acquisition in NSW.

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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.

Articles, research, and resources for and about heterosexual PLHIV and partners


Risk of sexual transmission of HIV from a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load: Messaging Primer & Consensus Statement


The consensus statement below, addressing HIV transmission risk from PLHIV who have an undetectable viral load, is endorsed by principal investigators from each of the leading studies that examined this issue. It is important that PLHIV, their intimate partners and their healthcare providers have accurate information about risks of sexual transmission of HIV from those successfully on ART.

Sexual transmission of HIV and the law: an Australian medical consensus statement


The consensus statement was written nine leading HIV clinicians and scientists, and published in the Medical Journal of Australia in November 2016.The context of the rapidly evolving science of HIV transmission and diagnosis require the courts to be informed using current evidence. The statement provides current scientific evidence to facilitate just outcomes in Australian criminal cases involving HIV.

Publication of HPTN 052 Final Results: HIV Treatment Offers Durable Prevention of HIV Transmission in Sero-discordant Couples

Ground breaking research about treatment and prevention of transmission



Published in 2016, the Partner study measured risk using people who were not using condoms (both heterosexual and gay male serodiscordant couples) shows evidence that the risk of transmission when the positive partner is undetectable is effectively zero.


Preventing secondary transmission of HIV

Despite substantial advances in prevention and treatment of HIV infection in the United States, the rate of new infections has remained stable. Although earlier prevention interventions mainly were behavioural, recent data demonstrate the strong impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on secondary HIV transmission. The most effective strategy to stem the spread of HIV will probably be a combination of behavioural, biological, and pharmacological interventions.


The international START study is one of the most important studies about treatment and changed treatment guidelines around the world. It proved that treatment was beneficial to all people with HIV whatever their CD4 count


HIV cure research: seeking an end to HIV through partnerships (pp. 32-34)

Timothy Rae Brown was a man who had been ‘cured’ of HIV through a bone marrow transplant conducted as part of his treatment for leukaemia. Brown is now widely known as the only person to have been cured of HIV, and his case is recognised as a ‘game changer’ in clinical research for a HIV cure. However, the success of Brown’s treatment did raise the theoretical possibility that HIV could be curable, opening new space for clinical and social debate about potential research directions. An increase in scientific attention and funding for HIV cure research has followed.

HIV Cure: Stay up to date with the latest research

Developed by NAPWHA in association with the Doherty Institute and the Alfred Hospital, HIV Cure will collate all the latest research news and scientific developments as they happen so that people living with HIV in Australia can be educated, engaged and gain access to the successes being made.

Australian HIV service providers on TasP for serodiscordant couples

Persson, A., (2014). ‘Significant ambivalence: perspectives of Australian HIV service providers on universal treatment-as-prevention (TasP) for serodiscordant couples’, Critical Public Health, vol. 17 February, pp. 1 – 12, http://dx.doi.org/

In Australia, ‘treatment-as-prevention’ (TasP) is currently being rolled out across New South Wales (NSW) as part of the state government’s new HIV strategy. Following the promising results of recent clinical trials, antiretroviral treatments have been reframed as a global HIV prevention tool and imbued with great hopes of radically reducing sexual transmissions and even ending the pandemic.


StraightMSM Study: Heterosexually-Identified Men Who Have Sex With Men

Newman, C., Persson, A., de Wit, J., Holt, M., Callander, D., Schmidt, H.-M., … Ooi, C. (2016). BRISE StraightMSM study: Understanding expert views on defining and reaching heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men for health promotion and care (short report). Sydney: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia.

Almost no published research exists specifically on heterosexually-identified men who have sex with men in Australia, and the international literature is also scant. Very little is known about the sexual practices, risk perceptions, or information and service needs of these men more broadly. Funded by BRISE, the Centre for Social Research in Health, in collaboration with Pozhet and representatives of NSW Health sexual health services, conducted exploratory research to investigate the sexual practices, sexual spaces, sexual health knowledge and sexual health needs of these men, and to consider opportunities to better engage them with health promotion and care. This report summarises the key outcomes of this pilot research, which comprised reviewing the literature, analysing existing survey data, appraising the terminology and activities evident in online personal ads posted by straight men who have sex with men, and conducting qualitative interviews with 30 professionals employed in health services, health promotion and other relevant roles in New South Wales


HIV Statistics in Australia using recent data from the 2016 Annual Surveillance Report


Annual Surveillance Report 2016 – HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia (pp. 24-65):


Transmission and prevention of HIV among heterosexual populations in Australia (2014):



Cultural politics of the waiting room: Straight men, gay-friendly clinics and ‘inclusive’ HIV care

Newman C.E., Persson A.,  Paquette D.M., & Kidd MR, 2013, ‘The new cultural politics of the waiting room: Straight men, gay-friendly clinics and ‘inclusive’ HIV care’, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, vol. 10, pp. 87 – 96, http://dx.doi.org/

The undoing and doing of sexual identity among HIV-positive heterosexual men

Persson AS, 2012, ‘The undoing and doing of sexual identity among HIV-positive heterosexual men in Australia’, Men and Masculinities, vol. 15, pp. 311-328, journals.sagepub.com/


Positive Women: Support and advocacy for women living with HIV


In Australia, women represent a small proportion of the total population of people living with HIV. As of 31 December 2010, a total of 21,391 people were estimated to be living with a diagnosed HIV infection in Australia, of whom 1,984 (9.3%) were women. Due to Australia’s large size and moderate population, the small number of women living with HIV are widely dispersed, often isolated and almost invisible within the epidemic.

The HIV Futures studies, comprising six national cross-sectional surveys of people living with HIV in Australia, have been conducted every two to three years since 1997; the surveys are a key resource that sheds light on the experiences of women living with HIV in Australia. This article describes some of the main features of the experiences of women living with HIV in Australia, based on the HIV Futures studies and in-depth interviews with HIV-positive women conducted by Dr Karalyn McDonald. The article focuses on areas in which women have been found to have a different experience of living with HIV, when compared with the predominant group of HIV-positive people in Australia – homosexually active men.


Living with HIV and cultural diversity in Sydney:


HIV and sub-Saharan African communities in Australia: Briefing Paper #9 Stigma (October 2015):


Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community input and the Australian HIV response (May 2015):


Key points:

The Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA) is an aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation


Ahead of time: A practical guide to growing older with HIV

The impact of HIV on our bodies and on the immune system as we get older is greatly affected by ageing. HIV affects each of us differently. Some people progress to symptoms very quickly, while others live for 20-plus years without any signs of immune suppression or symptoms.

Each of us ages differently as well. How well we age and how the ageing of our bodies impacts upon our health is unique to each of us. Therefore, HIV infection —coupled with natural ageing— creates added challenges for maintaining good health.