Positive Life NSW is here for you during this evolving health concern. ***UPDATED: 22 April

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Positive Life NSW is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to mitigate the risks to our community and staff.

We are taking the practical advice and guidance from NSW Health and have implemented remote working arrangements for all staff throughout March and April at this stage. By carrying out the work of Positive Life from a distance (social distancing), we’re ensuring that we maintain a safe environment for us all.  

Until recently all Positive Life events scheduled in March and April have been cancelled. This includes Peer2Peer, [+Connect], the Social Club and the #Beyond2020 conversation events. Positive Life is now exploring ways to deliver some of our programs virtually online. Keep an eye out for updates and please contact us if you would like further assistance to participate and engage in these events. 

The Housing Program, Silver Warriors, Work Ready, Treatments and all of our initiatives will continue as usual by telephone, email or online tools. We will also be able to meet you face to face by arrangement if and when required. It is still very much business as usual, just with social distancing.

In the meantime, let’s look out for each other and reach out to those we know who might be doing it a little tough at this time with a phone call or a friendly email. Remember you are not alone. We are all in this together. There is no scientific evidence so far to suggest that people living with HIV are at greater risk of COVID-19 acquisition or severe disease. The main risk factors to date are older age and co-morbidities including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and lung disease.

When you’re out and about, please look for hand sanitiser to use when arriving at clinics or other public venues. Continue to maintain good hygiene by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Please take care with the media, social media and word-of-mouth information you might be reading or hearing. There’s a lot of misinformation about in both the mainstream news outlets and within our social circles. Both NSW Health and the Australian Health Department offer regular updates about COVID-19. Keep an eye out for these and please take note of the recommendations.

If you need any clarification or support about potential rumours or hoaxes around, you can call our Registered Nurse, David Crawford on (02) 9206-2173 or Communications Officer, Craig Andrews on (02) 9206-2179. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries as usual.

If you are a person living with HIV feeling anxious, isolated or alone or caring for someone living with HIV, you can always continue to find professional and peer support from a peer also living with HIV, or Treatments Officers at Positive Life NSW on (02) 9206 2177 or 1800 245 677 (free call) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find a list of resources and information here.

Page updated: 22 April 2020

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