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On This Gay Day: Tom Hanks won an Oscar for AIDS drama ‘Philadelphia’

In 1994 Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for his role in Philadelphia On this day in 1994 Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who faces discrimination when his colleagues discover he his gay and living with HIV. Hanks was up against some […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1994 author Randy Shilts passed away

Author Randy Shilts was known as the first openly gay journalist Randy Shilts died on this day in 1994, the author is best known for his 1987 book And The Band Played On which documented the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Shilts studied journalism and the University of Oregon and came out while he working on […]

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Thatcher didn’t want to mention sex in AIDS awareness campaigns

Thatcher didn’t want to mention sex in AIDS awareness campaigns

Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s Prime Minister when the AIDS crisis grew throughout the 1980’s but her former colleagues have shared that the Iron Lady was not in favour of sharing how HIV could be passed on through specific sexual behaviour. The acclaimed television program It’s a Sin has shone a spotlight how how Britain reacted during the […]

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On This Gay Day: Liberace died in 1987 of an AIDS related illness

Liberace denied he was gay and kept his HIV status a secret Liberace died on this day in 1987, the musician had been diagnosed with HIV in 1985 but did not publicly disclose his diagnosis. Władziu Valentino Liberace was born in Wisconsin, USA, in 1919. His parents were immigrants, his father hailing from Italy, while […]

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African countries not on track to reach targets for HIV testing and condom use

African countries not on track to reach targets for HIV testing and condom use

An analysis of data from 38 African countries predicts that few, if any, are on track to reach key UNAIDS targets for HIV testing and condom use by 2030. The study, presented by Phuong Nguyen of St. Luke’s International University, is based on 114 nationally-representative datasets representing more than 1.4 million sexually active people. Results […]

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Russell T Davies’ new drama ‘It’s a Sin’ to screen on Stan in Australia

Russell T Davies’ new drama ‘It’s a Sin’ to screen on Stan in Australia

It’s a Sin, the new drama from Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies will screen on Stan in Australia early in 2021. The program features Years & Years singer Olly Alexander alongside Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Shaun Dooley, Tracey Ann Oberman and a stack of fresh talent. It’s set in London in the […]

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Health Minister announces HIV support funding on World AIDS Day

Health Minister announces HIV support funding on World AIDS Day

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced almost $6.2 million in funding to support people living with HIV and the path to elimination of new transmissions. On behalf of the Morrison Government, Minister Hunt released a statement outlining their plans for distribution of the funds. “Today, more than 28,000 Australians are living with HIV and […]

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World AIDS Day 2020: Now more than ever

World AIDS Day 2020: Now more than ever

Tuesday 1st December is World AIDS Day, an occasion to raise awareness surrounding HIV/AIDS in 2020, and remember those we’ve lost due to AIDS-related complications. The date has been marked in 1988, and this year the theme is “Now More Than Ever”, tying in with the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing together. This year, […]

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In NSW this year’s Red Ribbon Appeal will be online

In NSW this year’s Red Ribbon Appeal will be online

In New South Wales, the annual Red Ribbon Appeal is going virtual, providing people across NSW with innovative and exciting new ways to get involved with the iconic fundraising campaign. This year, participants can visit the Virtual Red Ribbon Wall and pin a virtual red ribbon, host a red-themed virtual fundraiser or set a virtual […]

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International AIDS Society announces new conference for 2021

International AIDS Society announces new conference for 2021

In July the International AIDS Society (IAS) hosted an online virtual conference focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they’ve scheduled a follow up event to continue the discussion about the latest in prevention related science, policy and practice. The IAS COVID-19 Conference: Prevention will take place virtually on Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, and will include […]

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