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On This Gay Day: The acronym AIDS is proposed in Washington

The acronym AIDS is first proposed in 1982 On this day is in 1982 the acronym A.I.D.S. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is first proposed at a meeting in Washington. The meeting brought together leaders of the LGBT communities, health experts and people from the US Centre for Disease Control who agreed that the term G.R.I.D. […]

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Australian HIV projects receive major funding boost from international grant

Australian HIV projects receive major funding boost from international grant

Gilead Sciences Australia New Zealand today announced the Australian recipients of the Gilead Getting to Zero Grant Program 2021, a global initiative supporting projects aimed at getting to zero new HIV infections. The first Australian Grant recipient is a new project by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) in partnership with the Anwernekenhe National […]

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‘Pose’ star Billy Porter shares he is living with HIV

‘Pose’ star Billy Porter shares he is living with HIV

Actor Billy Porter has shared that he is living with HIV, having been diagnosed with the condition 14 years ago. In a cover interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Porter shares that since being diagnosed he had told very few people fearing the stigma and discrimination that so many people living with the virus face. Playing […]

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On This Gay Day: The first report about AIDS is published

On This Gay Day: The first report about HIV/AIDS was published in 1981 It’s often reported that the first information about what would later be identified as HIV/AIDS was when on 5 June 1981 the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice about gay men who had died rare, and usually curable […]

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NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

New South Wales Labor MP Penny Sharpe has resigned from her position on the front-bench over the party’s support for mandatory blood testing laws. In a letter to Labor leader Jodi McKay, Sharpe resigned as a the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and from her positions as the Shadow Minister for […]

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Perth AIDS Candlelight Vigil will take place on Sunday 16th May

Perth AIDS Candlelight Vigil will take place on Sunday 16th May

The annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial will take place on Sunday 16th May 2021. Everyone is invited to join the important international event which provides a moment to remember all the people we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS over the decades, and the ongoing fight to eradicate the virus. It is an opportunity to honour those who dedicated […]

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IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman appointed to WHO Science Council

IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman appointed to WHO Science Council

The International AIDS Society (AIS) has welcomed the appointment of its President, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, to the newly formed World Health Organization (WHO) Science Council. The Science Council will advise WHO on high-priority scientific issues that could have a direct impact on global health. “Science must be at the heart of everything we do as global […]

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ACON welcome NSW Government roadmap to ending HIV

ACON welcome NSW Government roadmap to ending HIV

New South Wales leading HIV and LGBTQIA+ health organisation ACON has welcomed an announcement from their state government this week, outlining a five-year HIV strategy. The NSW HIV Strategy 2021-2025 builds on NSW’s world-leading HIV response, which in recent years has seen significant advancements in HIV prevention, testing and treatment. According to data from NSW […]

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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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