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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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‘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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