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Living Well with HIV – One Community

Living Well with HIV – One Community

Some of you may have noticed that during Pride Fairday 2011, I was handing out shirts in support of the campaign, Positive plus Negative Equals One Community. The aim of this campaign is to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination in the Perth gay community. Encouraging visibility of HIV is an important issue, as many younger […]

Starting HIV Pills

Starting HIV Pills

Starting HIV medication used to be a very simple proposition in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Many people would do their utmost to delay starting treatments by endeavoring to maintain a positive outlook and healthy lifestyle. However, eventually overwhelming physical symptoms caused by the natural progression of HIV and guidance from a compassionate doctor […]

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From Underground To Upfront

From Underground To Upfront

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of feeling guilty and ashamed is? Many of us were brought up with a moral compass of some kind, normally from our parents, family, or some religious or educational institution. However, as adults and freer thinking individuals, many of our assumptions and beliefs can be challenged and tested […]

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Home Cooking & Bedrooms – Living Well With HIV

Home Cooking & Bedrooms – Living Well With HIV

Have you ever wondered how similar food and sex can be? All of us need to eat – it’s a basic elemental requirement for life. Sex for many people also fits into this category. Just imagine being told that you could not have any sex in your life. The thought of being told this provokes […]

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Barebacking – Living well with HIV

Barebacking – Living well with HIV

By Cipri Martinez, WA AIDS Council The desire, need or right for intimacy, connection and pleasure between men has always been a natural part of life. For many men, this desire is encapsulated within the act of anal sex with their partner. There is also a natural desire, need or right to be alive, hence […]

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Living Well with HIV: Hope Rekindled

Living Well with HIV: Hope Rekindled

From the time someone one is diagnosed with HIV, a relationship with hope is established. One of the first hopes I recall having was wishing that somehow medical staff had got my test results mixed up in some bizarre administrative error and that I didn’t really have HIV. After some time and a few additional […]

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Living Well with HIV: Giving back, expecting… in return?

Living Well with HIV: Giving back, expecting… in return?

It’s normal to have feelings of altruism. Choosing to be of service to others for the greater good is a personal desire many of us have and exercise. This can also be very rewarding, with the potential to greatly increase purpose and meaning in our own lives. Some community organisations spring up from an obvious […]

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Living Well With HIV – Family Values

As we approach Christmas and the holiday season, for some of us mixed emotions can arise due to family expectations and values. On the one hand the holiday season can mean an abundant and playful time with family and friends. While for others, the prospect of family time during the holiday season can feel burdensome […]

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Living well with HIV- Growing through relationships

Living well with HIV- Growing through relationships

Having healthy relationships is generally fundamental to everyone’s well being. The meaning or philosophy we attach to relationships when we form them, experience them and/ or break them often becomes a big part of our personal life story. Some people view relationships from a fatalistic point of view. You meet who you’re meant to meet […]

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Living well with HIV – Happy Pride and coming out as having HIV

Pride can sometimes be a catalyst to assist people in coming out. I think one of the powerful messages from Pride is the notion of having the freedom to be yourself. That all of our self is acceptable, even if some people have yet to catch up with the idea of ‘live and let live’. […]

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