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Can’t cop HIV by bites

By ANDREW M POTTS The Police Association of NSW (PANSW) has issued a rare apology after its president, Tony King, made comments that appeared to imply that HIV could be spread by saliva or by biting. However, the police association is continuing to maintain that a HIV-positive person could transmit the virus to another person […]

PrEP PBS listing making leaps

  By Isobel Rushe The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) recommendation to list PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is a critical step towards dramatically reducing HIV transmission in Australia. A listing on PBS will bring PrEP within reach of many of those who are at risk of HIV transmission across Australia. […]

Holding A Candle To HIV

By Emily Shen The Sydney Candlelight Memorial will be held at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst once again to remember, honour and celebrate the lives of those who have passed from HIV or AIDs. Held on International Remembrance Day, the memorial has run for over 18 years as a joint production by ACON and Positive […]

Should be known, but never taught

OPINION BY DAISY MOLESWORTH As a straight 19-year-old woman who went to a co-ed religious boarding school, our sex education was definitely subpar. Our physical education teacher, a sixty-year-old man, made it very clear sex is solely for marriage and having children. He made us sit at separate tables and watch a video from the […]

Not a death sentence, but still tough living with HIV

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Life expectancy for someone living with HIV is the same as someone living without the disease. But while there may be better health outcomes through advances in treatments such as retroviral therapy, the social stigma has not changed as much. That’s the opinion of Melissa Woodroffe, who is the principal at Redfern […]

Charlie Sheen brings community together at World AIDS Day

BY JAZ SINGH-BRAR World AIDS Day this December will facilitate the continuing fight against HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. In the wake of popular actor Charlie Sheen’s announcement of his HIV positive status, health leaders are calling for more community education regarding the virus. To mark the day on December 1, the AIDS Council of NSW […]

New petition seeks ACON reforms

Concerned community activists have started an electronic petition on Change.org calling on NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to investigate GLBTI health and wellbeing organisation, ACON. Activists from the Australian chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (New ACT UP) say ACON is wasting millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money each year. ACON, which was […]