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Media Releases -Positive Life NSW


Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Discrimination and Transphobia, (IDAHOBIT), an important day to reflect on just how far we have come as a society but also to raise awareness around the work we still have to do to achieve inclusion, accountability and equity for all. ..
.“Positive Life NSW celebrates this milestone and other advancements in LGBTQIA+ equality and human rights, but the sobering reality is that those rights are tenuous and very much under attack, not only globally, but here in Australia as well..."

POSITIVE LIFE NSW- Media Release: Trans Day of Visibility: Unwavering support in unsafe times

Trans Day of Visibility, marked every year on 31 March is an international celebration of trans pride and awareness, recognising trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements.

For many trans and gender diverse people a lack of representation, role models, and community can be isolating and make it difficult to feel proud in their identities.

“We as an organisation know full well that when your lived experience and right to be who you are is scrutinised, politicised, and weaponised, you

POSITIVE LIFE NSW- Media Release: Challenging Stigma: Closing the gender gap

Thursday 09 March 2023 is Australia’s eighth National Day of Women living with HIV. On this day we recognise and affirm all women living with HIV, including our trans and gender diverse sisters and those who identify as non-binary, under the 2023 aspirational theme ‘Challenging Stigma: Closing the Gender Gap’. The annual National Day of Women living with HIV is a day to celebrate the lives of all women living with HIV as well as an opportunity to challenge stigma in all its forms and raise aware

POSITIVE LIFE NSW- Media Release: 26 January - 'A day of resistance and survival…not celebration'

As we approach 26 January, we recognise that for a great many of our community this public holiday, one that was only established 29 years ago, is anything but a cause for celebration. On 26 January 1788, the first fleet landed on the shores off Botany, New South Wales in what we now have come to know as Australia, beginning a journey of violent dispossession, erosion of human rights, and loss that is still deeply felt to this day. As an organisation Positive Life NSW stands with the Aboriginal

POSITIVE LIFE NSW- Media Release: 2022 World AIDS Day: ‘Equalise’ – Let’s Leave No-One Behind

Positive Life NSW welcomes World AIDS Day 2022 marked on Thursday 01 December, with this year’s International World AIDS theme of ‘Equalise’ being a powerful call to action to address, and dismantle the inequalities and barriers that impede on progress and human dignity.

“Even with today’s knowledge, treatments and tools, we have not ended HIV transmission four decades on, due to the systemic inequalities and lack of awareness that restrict access to HIV prevention and treatment,” said Positive

Social Media Campaigns & Communications

I/We Choose to Get Tested | Test. Treat. Live Well.

I/We Chose to Get Tested is a creative social media campaign by NAPWHA in 2022, one which aims to raise awareness of HIV among the broader community, particularly for heterosexual men and women. It is easy to get tested for HIV, with many options available today. HIV tests are confidential. Now they are also easier and quicker with the availability for ordering a home testing kit online for convenience.

There are many reasons to get tested for HIV. Nearly one in ten Australians remain unaware o

World AIDS Day community champions reflect on '40 Years of HIV: Where to Next?'

While Covid-19 continues to impact our lives, it is now the time when we should mark the 40th anniversary since HIV was first reported by the CDC; thus, beginning our journey on the profound impact that these two viruses have made on the community and our collective resilience. This World AIDS Day 2021, NAPWHA marks the significance of our ongoing advocacy, representation, policy, and health promotion for people with HIV through a campaign reflecting on the Australian theme of '40 Years of HIV: Where too next?'

PositiveLiving Magazine

I led the re-design of PositiveLiving, a magazine that has been in publication since the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 90s. We wanted to move towards an online model, featuring long form articles written by and for community.

I established the new creative brief, setting up a new media reference group and served as the editor of the online magazine.

Reflections on Sex during COVID-19, HIV+ Perspectives

HIV advocates and community members -- some in lockdown states, some not -- have put their perspectives down to help us to get our head around what having sex (or choosing not to) involves at the moment.

Sex can be a difficult topic to discuss at the best of times, given it speaks to highly personal and intimate feelings we have about ourselves and others. But in COVID, with uncertainty about risk factors for transmission of the virus, it is extremely hard to get most people to open up about th

COVID-19, vaccines, treatments and people with HIV

Ross worked for HIV sector for almost 30 years in many roles including education, HIV support and treatments information. He was first openly HIV+ person on ANCARD - at the time the main federal government advisory body. "After having a stroke a decade ago and being looked after by the HIV Outreach Team, I then worked as a paid consumer advocate. I stopped paid work a couple of years ago and moved home to Melbourne where I sit on my balcony surrounded by plants and swear about a second pandemic.

U=U and dating in 2020

Heather Ellis is a freelance journalist and author of two bestselling travel memoirs. She has been living with HIV for 23 years and is a former Chair of Positive Women Victoria, Australia’s only fully funded support and advocacy group for women living with HIV. Heather lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her three children. To read more about Heather and to buy her books: Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa (Black Inc., 2016) and Timeless On The Silk Road: An Odyssey From Lond

About Positive Living

In 1989, PLWA Victoria created a newsletter and called it Positive Living. The magazine began small—four A4 pages to be precise—but the articles included in the first fledgling issues were consumed with relish by the organisation’s small but growing membership.

In the early nineties, Positive Living became a broadsheet and—in a flash of brilliance—started appearing in the Melbourne Star Observer. The move put HIV out in the community and into the forefront of people’s minds. It was part of a pl

Some of my writing for PositiveLiving Magazine

40 years of HIV in Australia – 2000-2021

This article was made possible through the generosity and powerful lived experience of our collaborators: Charlie Tredway, Sarah Feagan, Steve Spencer, and Vicky Saputra. *The piece by Vicky Saputra was originally featured in POSLINK Issue 96, Spring 2021, and is featured here with thanks to Living Positive Victoria.

“You can do anything you like with no judgment; just please promise me you won’t get HIV.”

These were the words my Mum said to me before I got on a plane to move to Sydney; a woma

40 Years of HIV in Australia – 1980s-1990s

This article was made possible through the generosity and powerful lived experience of our collaborators; David Menadue, Anth McCarthy, Bev Greet, Adrian Ogier, and Heather Ellis.

Two months after the 1982 Mardi Gras, I developed swollen lymph glands in my groin and under my arms. I didn’t attach much importance to them because when I showed them to my doctor at the time, he said it was probably a transitory infection and not to worry too much.

Two years later, they were still there, and we al

Positive Responses to 'It's a Sin'

Everyone has been talking about It’s A Sin, the television series that throws us back to the 1980s, to the fear and panic of AIDS and the people it touched the most. Four HIV positive writers share their thoughts on watching this compelling series, currently screening on Stan.

Everyone has been talking about It’s A Sin, the television series that throws us back to the 1980s, to the fear and panic of AIDS and the people it touched the most.

Four positive writers share their thoughts on watching

Other assorted writing & editing work

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