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Bibliophile | The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA is a great case study in activism

The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA: Anti-AIDS Activism in Los Angeles From the 1980s to the 2000s Benita Roth Cambridge University Press ★★★★ The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) formed in New York in 1987 as a coalition of direct-action activism in order to put pressure on the U.S. Government, the Food […]

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Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was against aboriginal people getting HIV treatment

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was against aboriginal people getting HIV treatment

Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was opposed to aboriginal people having access to HIV testing and treatment, telling then Health Minister Mike Ahern that aboriginal people deserved to die of AIDS related illnesses. Ahern, who went on to become Premier after Bjelke-Petersen stepped down in 1987, made the startling claims in an interview with […]

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Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton: There’s hardly any homophobia in Australia

Lyle Shelton, from the Australian Christian Lobby, and Karina Okotel, Vice President of the Liberal Party, spoke at the National Press Club today to outline their opposition to marriage equality. Last week The YES campaign put forward their case for change, and a week later it was the turn of the NO campaign to deliver […]

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Health Minister Greg Hunt orders “urgent review” of EMEN8 website

Health Minister Greg Hunt orders “urgent review” of EMEN8 website

A joint initiative of the Victorian AIDS Council and AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) is facing review by the federal government after a report from The Australian. The EMEN8 website, established earlier this year, is a sexual health promotion and awareness resource aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM). The Australian have […]

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WA AIDS Council disappointed PrEP not yet added to PBS

WA AIDS Council disappointed PrEP not yet added to PBS

The Western Australian AIDS Council say they are disappointed that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) has decided to defer the decision on whether to list Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Negotiation between the PBAC and the manufacturers of the drug Tenofovir which is used in PrEP treatment appear to have […]

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Scientists report rare case of a girl no longer having HIV

Scientists report rare case of a girl no longer having HIV

A rare case of a person being diagnosed with HIV and now no longer having the virus has been reported at the World AIDS Conference in Paris. A nine-year-old South African child who was diagnosed with HIV infection at one month of age and received anti-HIV treatment during infancy has suppressed the virus without anti-HIV […]

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Study: HIV positive men with undetectable viral load won’t transmit virus

Study: HIV positive men with undetectable viral load won’t transmit virus

  A major Australian based study into HIV has revealed that HIV positive men with an undetectable viral load will not transmit the virus to their partners. The results of the study have major implications for couples where one partner is HIV positive and the other is not, and in breaking down the high level […]

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David Kernohan appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

David Kernohan appointed CEO of the WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council have announced David Kernohan will join the organisation as their new Chief Executive. Kernohan has held senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia for over 20 years, most recently as CEO of the Mental Health Law Centre (WA). The chair of the WA AIDS Council, Asanka Gunasekera, said […]

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England and Scotland reduce waiting time for gay men to donate blood

England and Scotland reduce waiting time for gay men to donate blood

The UK government has announced major changes to its rules over who can donate blood. Under the new procedures gay men  in England and Scotland will only have to abstain from sex for three months, previously they had to wait a full year before being able to donate blood. Sex workers will also be allowed […]

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New Research: Gay men using HIV self-testing follow up results

New Research: Gay men using HIV self-testing follow up results

A new study in the USA has found that gay men who use self-administered rapid HIV tests follow up positive results with confirmatory testing. When self administered testing was introduced one of the main concerns was people would not take the next step in the treatment process. Encouraging people who are at risk of acquiring […]

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