Increases in Shigella notifications among Sydney Gay Men - Towards the end of 2013 there was an increase in Shigella notifications in Sydney among Gay Men (men who have sex with men). This increase has continued into 2014 and doctors have reported encountering complications when treating Shigella in Gay Men with HIV.
Cure still elusive on 30th anniversary of HIV discovery
Darren Mara from SBS interviews Positive Life NSW staff member José Machado, alongside other spokespeople. He has been HIV positive for 24 years.
José is a Positive Speaker and the Project Officer for the Positive Speakers Bureau, a project of Positive Life NSW.
Positive Life NSW is highlighting the advantages of being on HIV treatment in a new campaign launched on World AIDS Day 2013. The campaign asks people with HIV who aren't on treatment to think seriously about their choices on starting treatment.
For many people testing HIV positive can be a tough, confronting and overwhelming experience that may leave you feeling anxious and confused. While a positive diagnosis is never easy, today the prospects for successful HIV treatment are better than they have ever been. If you are newly diagnosed try not to panic, the world won’t come to an end nor is it the end of you! Think of it as an opportunity to grow. It’s a challenge to you and the people in your life. Take control, there’s a wealth of support and information available. Who you talk to now could have a significant impact in the future.
Where can I get support right now?
ACON New Diagnosis Priority Service - Access to counselling and support. Call 9206 2000 (Sydney), 1800 063 060 (outside Sydney) or 9283 2053 (for the deaf)
Albion Street Centre - Counselling available. Call 9332 9600
Genesis - A weekend workshop for newly diagnosed gay men. Call ACON 9206 2000
Poz Het - Support for heterosexual (straight) men and women living with HIV. Call 1800-812-404
Looking for a doctor?
The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) provides a list of General Practitioners who prescribe HIV medications in NSW.