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NAPWHA is a key partner in Australia's coordinated response to HIV. Working with governments, the pharmaceutical industry, the research sector and other community-based organisations, NAPWHA ensures that the voices of people with HIV are heard at every level of the response.

NAPWHA is committed to action to reduce HIV infections in Australia and our region, and to improve the capacity of communities affected by HIV to participate in the response to the epidemic.

A tribute to Helen

Positive Living article • Tim Leach • 29 August 2013

The HIV positive community in Papua New Guinea has lost one of its greatest advocates. In July, following a period of sickness and admission to Port Moresby General Hospital, Helen Samilo died, aged thirty. read more »

HIV prevention among gay men

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 29 August 2013
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‘It is the best of times and the worst of times,’ said Judith Auerbach from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation at a session on the future of HIV prevention among gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

‘We have countries passing same-sex marriage at the same time as others are toughening laws against same-sex behaviour and HIV transmission,’ she said. read more »

Two new studies for Sydney

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 29 August 2013
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The Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW (previously the National Centre in HIV Social Research) is conducting two important studies in the Sydney area and researchers are looking for PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHAPerson (or People) Living with HIV/AIDS.. to interview.

An interview can take between one and two hours, you can nominate the time and place, and all information you provide is treated as confidential. read more »

AIDS 2014 update

Positive Living article • Alex Mindel • 29 August 2013

Preparation for the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC) AIDS 2014 is well under way. IAC will be held 20-25 July at the Melbourne Convention and exhibition Centre. read more »

Activism revisited

Positive Living article • Shirleene Robinson • 29 August 2013

It can be easy to forget just how difficult it was thirty years ago when HIV first hit Australia. After the initial shock subsided, our anger over inaction rallied us and bureaucracy took notice of the shouting. But what do we do today? Have we become couch potato slacktivists or are we just using new technology to suit the times? Shirleene Robinson investigates. read more »

New research project: Is HIV treatment prevention?

Story • Anthony Bains • 23 August 2013

The aim of this study is to talk to HIV positive gay or bisexual men in Sydney to find out what they think about treating people in order to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. We hope that this will identify any potential future education or support needs that HIV positive gay and bisexual men may have in relation to HIV prevention and treatment. read more »

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Resource • 16 August 2013

PrEP is the term used to refer to HIV-negative people taking antiretroviralA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. drugs on an ongoing basis to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. This factsheet gives updates on research, availability and recommendations for taking PrEP. read more »

New anal condom being tested

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 31 May 2013

A new condom designed exclusively for anal intercourse is currently being tested. Pending large-scale clinical trials and FDAThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness(Of a drug or treatment). The maximum ability of a drug or treatment to produce a result regardless of dosage. A drug passes efficacy trials if it is effective at the dose tested and against the illness for which it is prescribed. In the standard procedure, Phase II clinical trials gauge efficacy, and Phase III trials confirm it. of all drugs, biologics, vaccines, and medical devices, including those used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV infection, AIDS, and AIDS-related opportunistic infections. The FDA also works with the blood banking industry to safeguard the nation's blood supply. The Australian equivalent is the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA[Therapeutic Goods Administration] The federal government body that approves drugs and treatments before they can be prescribed.). approval, it is expected to hit the market in early 2015.

The bonus of the anal condom is that it can be worn internally. read more »

News on the cure from CROI 2013

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 31 May 2013

A highlight of the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) held in Atlanta in March was the session called 'Is There Hope for HIV Eradication?' Data on the case of the premature baby was presented and generated much media attention. There were also nine other presentations on cure-related topics. read more »

Call for ideas for the AIDS 2014 Conference Program

What are the most topical, critical and challenging issues you are facing in your work in HIV?

In the next few months, the three program committees of the forthcoming AIDS 2014 conference will begin the process of building the conference program. Each program committee will be creating a limited number of purpose built sessions apart from those which are selected through the abstract driven process. read more »

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