SHINE SA Media Release: World AIDS Day – Every Journey Counts

World AIDS Day is marked on 1 December each year, to raise awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate loved ones who we have lost to the epidemic.

The day also aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

HIV still exists in Australia and can affect anyone. While there is still no vaccine or cure for HIV, there are now highly effective treatments and prevention options. People with HIV can take medications on a daily basis to maintain their HIV at an undetectable level and to keep them healthy. Today, HIV is considered a chronic but manageable condition, and people with HIV can lead long and healthy lives, with a similar life expectancy to a person who does not have HIV.

Natasha Miliotis, SHINE SA’s Chief Executive Officer said that:

“Like many other conditions, HIV can be prevented. By being informed about what HIV is and how it can be transmitted, we can take measures to look after ourselves and others.”

SHINE SA encourages people looking to test for or talk about HIV to visit one of our clinics, or contact SAMESH, a collaborative program of Thorne Harbour Health and SHINE SA.

You can show your support for people with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support. You can also find a World AIDS Day event near you by visiting www.worldaidsday.org.au.

To read SHINE SA’s Fact Sheet on HIV visit: www.shinesa.org.au/health-information/sexually-transmitted-infections/hiv/

For further information and media enquiries contact Tracey Hutt, Director Workforce Education and Development 

Support for ending and managing HIV

Australian Government Department of Health, 29 November 2018

The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to ending HIV with the announcement of funding for a new strategy that aims to virtually eliminate the transmission of HIV, the approval of the first HIV self-testing kit and the listing of a new medicine on the PBS.

The first HIV self-testing kit, the Atomo Self Test was approved for use by the TGA yesterday. The test is a single-use rapid finger stick test for the detection of antibodies to HIV and will enable people to test for HIV in their own home.

This will make testing accessible and convenient especially for people that need to test frequently or do not test at all.

The medicine Juluca® (dolutegravir and rilpivirine), which works to stop the replication of the HIV virus, will be listed on the PBS on December 1, which is World AIDS Day.

 

SAMESH Newsletter (5) September 2015

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South Australian Targeted HIV and STI Prevention Program

Newsletter (5) September 2015 

It’s been an exciting month for SAMESH with us finding a new home, rolling out new STI and HIV campaigns and recruiting SAMESH volunteers.

QUICK NEWS

  • The lease has been signed and the SAMESH team have a new home! SAMESH will be found in the city at 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide. We’ve set a move date for 2 November, so stay tuned for SAMESH’s official launch at our new site.
  • SAMESH has a new website: www.samesh.org.au/. Also you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Jan Fisher for her generous donation of 600 books to SAMESH. We have made a commitment to Jan Fisher that the books will be made available to community members. SAMESH will establish a library committee in January 2016 and recruit community volunteers to ensure the new SAMESH Library grows and is accessible to the LGBTIQ community.
  • SAMESH has sponsored Feast, and our commitment has been recognised by Feast naming SAMESH the Official Health Partner for 2015 -2016. SAMESH looks forward to working with Adelaide’s leading LGBTIQ Arts Festival throughout the year. Look out for our Drama Down Under Spring campaign throughout the festival.
  • The inaugural South Australian HIV and STI Collaborative Action Group (CAG) had its first meeting, and the HIV sector of South Australia will work collaboratively throughout 2015 -2016 to implement the SA HIV Implementation and Evaluation Plan.
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Ian Purcell, Tim Reeves and Will Sergeant for inviting SAMESH to attend numerous commemorative events for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Gay Law Reform in South Australia. SAMESH’s Team Leader, Wills Logue, looks forward to participating in the State of LGBTI Rights community forum run by the Gay and Lesbian Health Alliance on Saturday 17 October, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

COUNSELLING

SAMESH Counselling Service has begun at SHine SA with our peer counsellor Rob Willoughby. A new online counselling service will commence when SAMESH moves to the city location. For an appointment with Rob (Tuesday – Thursday) call Shine SA reception on 1300 794 584.

SAMESH will establish a peer volunteer counselling service in the near future. If you’re a qualified counsellor and a gay man and/or person living with HIV, please contact our volunteer coordinator Daniel Jefferies via email:   daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

VOLUNTEERS

SAMESH’s Volunteer program is up and running. We have recruited community members to pack our ‘Safe Packs’ for distribution across Adelaide gay venues, social groups and sexual health Clinics.

We’re looking to recruit volunteers to help with SAMESH outreach during Pride March, Feast, Picnic and World AIDS Day. If you want more information contact Daniel, details below.

SAMESH volunteer co-ordinator delivered his first sauna outreach sessions last Friday and we’re looking to recruit and train community members to provide sexual health information to sauna users. If you use the sauna and are keen to become a safer sex SAMESH ambassador contact Daniel: email daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

GetPEP

The GetPEP campaign has been launched, with posters being distributed to Pulteney 431, Mars Bar & various pub/club locations around Adelaide over the next month. Look out for SAMESH PEP coasters, condoms and business cards at numerous queer and non queer venues across Adelaide.

Blaze readers can see our PEP advert in the September issue. For further information check out our updated PEP info page: http://www.samesh.org.au/been-exposed-(pep).html

POSITIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – By Steve Moran

A highlight for me has been attending the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ (PLDI™) “Who am I as a Leader” workshop. The workshop was held in the stunning Dandenong Ranges from 4 – 6 September, and to say the workshop was motivational and inspirational would be an understatement!

The Positive Leadership Development (PLDI™) offers people living with HIV across Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to develop skills for leadership and resilience. PLDI™ is about identifying and building the personal sense of agency and capacity that translates into resilient leadership practices and strengthened community outcomes.

The workshop was attended by 12 amazingly diverse people living with HIV (PLHIV) from across Australia and New Zealand. The diversity of our experiences as PLHIV across age, gender, sexuality and time since diagnosis allowed us to bond and discuss the issues that impact our communities and how we can work together to create a rich web of connection and community. The workshop activities were at times personally challenging but intensely rewarding. As a community of people living with HIV we learnt a lot by stepping outside of our own realms of knowledge and connecting with others such as taking more with positive women, younger people living with HIV and people living with HIV from different cultural backgrounds. The people I shared the intense experience with will stay with me forever and since the workshop we have been frantically keeping in touch to build on the sense of urgency, energy and excitement we experienced.

Over the coming months you will be hearing more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ and how SAMESH will be supporting other PLHIV in the community to attend future workshops around the country.

If you would like to know more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute please feel free to call me Mon – Fri 08 8300 5371 or email steve.moran@shinesa.org.au.

HIV survivors now expect long lives and even help train aged care workers

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As World AIDS Day is marked globally, three South Australians have reflected on living with HIV and the joys and challenges of lifespans they once never dreamed of.

Read more here

Getting it to Zero, an information forum for World AIDS Day.

SHine SA, Bfriend and MOSAIC are together presenting Getting it to Zero, an information forum for World AIDS Day.

The forum will provide a snapshot of HIV statistics in South Australia, and include two HIV-positive speakers who will explore what it is like to live with the virus in 2014.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore what role we can all play in ‘Getting to Zero’ for World AIDS Day and beyond.

Workers and volunteers in organisations across the health and community services sector in South Australia are invited to participate.

Participants can also enjoy the opportunity to network and indulge in a delicious afternoon tea.

 When: Wednesday 3rd December, 3–4.30 pm (doors open at 2.45pm)

 Where: Way Hall, 1st floor, 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide

 Please RSVP via the flyer at the following link (click to download PDF), by November 28 (this Friday): World AIDS Day Forum