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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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‘It’s a Sin’ actor talks about his own HIV diagnosis at sixteen

‘It’s a Sin’ actor talks about his own HIV diagnosis at sixteen

British actor Nathaniel Hall has shared his own story of learning he was HIV positive, at 34 years of age he’s been living with the virus now for half of his life. Speaking to the BBC radio program Life Hacks earlier this month Hall shared that he was just a few weeks short of his seventeenth birthday […]

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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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Tasmanian data leak reveals HIV status of ambulance patients

Tasmanian data leak reveals HIV status of ambulance patients

A major breach of Tasmanian people’s privacy has been described as “horrific” by the Health and Community Services Union. The ABC has revealed that details of every Tasmanian who called an ambulance since November 2020 have been made public online. The data breach includes personal details such as names, gender, HIV status, and the address […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1982 the fight against HIV begins

The formation of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc. It was on this day, January 4th, in 1982 that the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. was formed in New York. It was the first community organisation created to tackle the emergence of what would later be identified as HIV. Reports of a ‘gay cancer’ began […]

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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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