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Defeating HIV

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.

AIDS 2014 Community Program Committee Vision

The final version of the Community Program Committee Vision statement has been approved by the Conference Coordinating Committee. For just a taste to whet your appetite, it begins:
“Our vision is focused upon the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV who we recognize have been at the vanguard of AIDS responses around the world for the past three decades….“ read more »

NAPWHA Language and Style Guide

Manual • 14 March 2013

It’s time we looked at the language we use around HIV. Some of it has served its time, media stories are still sensationalised, and people with HIV are still stigmatised by terms such as 'AIDS carriers'. Sometimes writers are confused about correct terminology. In recognition of these problems, NAPWHA has produced a guide for those of us writing about HIV in the Australian setting. read more »

Listening to those not on treatment

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 March 2013

In this current climate of pro-treatment, people who are not taking antiretroviralA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. therapy (ART) can feel like a minority whose voice is not being heard.

This is why NAPWHA has partnered with researchers Limin Mao and Henrike Körner from the National Centre in HIV Social Research to conduct interviews with people who are currently not on ART. read more »

NSW campaign to end HIV

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 March 2013

In early February, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner launched ACON's ending HIV campaign.

‘On World AIDS Day Minister Skinner launched the NSW HIV Strategy 2012-2015, which includes a plan to reduce HIV transmission among gay men in NSW by 80% over the next 10 years,’ says ACON President, Mark Orr. read more »

You want that wrapped?

Positive Living article • admin • 7 March 2013

The sort of sex that positive men do together is not something that gets talked about too often.

But Positive Life NSW wants to change all that. read more »

Vorinostat research at CROI

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 March 2013

Last year, a small study was launched in Melbourne to test whether a drug called vorinostat could force HIV out of cells where it is lying dormant. The hypothesisA supposition or assumption advanced as a basis for reasoning or argument, or as a guide to experimental(Of a drug) Not licensed for use in humans, or as a treatment for a particular condition. Experimental drugs are studied in clinical trials to determine their safety and efficacy, and are sometimes made available via Special Access Schemes prior to their approval. investigation. being tested was that if ‘resting’ HIV can be driven into the bloodstream, then regular ART may be able to clear it from the body. read more »

Vorinostat - Australian cure research at CROI

Story • Adrian Ogier • 6 March 2013

Last year, a small study was launched in Melbourne to test whether a drug called vorinostat could force HIV out of cells where it is lying dormant. The hypothesisA supposition or assumption advanced as a basis for reasoning or argument, or as a guide to experimental(Of a drug) Not licensed for use in humans, or as a treatment for a particular condition. Experimental drugs are studied in clinical trials to determine their safety and efficacy, and are sometimes made available via Special Access Schemes prior to their approval. investigation. being tested was that if ‘resting’ HIV can be driven into the bloodstream then regular ART may be able to clear it from the body.

Twenty PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHAPerson (or People) Living with HIV/AIDS.. volunteered to try the drug for 14 days, and the first reported results have just been presented by Sharon Lewin, Director of The Alfred Hospital’s Infectious Diseases Unit, at the prestigious CROI scientific meeting in the US. read more »

Wrapped or raw: discussing pos-pos sex

Story • Graham Stocks • 14 February 2013

Positive Life NSW have re-launched their campaign Wrapped or Raw which explores choices made by HIV-positive gay men – specifically about using condoms in pos-pos sex – while offering options to minimise risk, maximise pleasure, manage disclosure and have great sex. read more »

NAPWHA now with an ‘H’

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 6 December 2012

For a while now, we have been referring to ourselves as ‘people living with HIV’ or ‘people with HIV’ and encouraging others to do the same. All the time, however, the name of our organisation has remained the national Association of people living with hiv/AiDs. read more »

New Zealand still a condom culture

Positive Living article • Sean Kelly • 6 December 2012

As condom use falls in many countries and HIV rates continue to rise, turning to treatment as prevention (TasP) may seem a natural progression in the fight against HIV. The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) disagrees. read more »

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