Senior Policy Advisor Officer

Lance Feeney worked in the NSW HIV sector since 2001. He was the Policy Analyst and Advocate at Positive Life NSW between 2009 to 2016. He has been HIV positive since 1985.

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What are your experiences about making treatment decisions about your HIV or other health conditions? - asks Lance Feeney, Positive Life Policy Advisor.

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NSW Public Health Act 2010 Review

The NSW Government is conducting a review of the NSW Public Health Act 2010. Positive Life's Policy Advisor, Lance Feeney talks through what the proposed changes mean for people living with HIV in NSW.

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Blaming rejection on your sero-status is pointless and disempowering, writes Lance Feeney. But why are HIV-positive gay men so quick to blame HIV and stigma for their personal woes? When you get ‘no thanks’, it’s likely that you just simply didn’t make the cut.

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Minister, members of Parliament, distinguished guests, people living with HIV, sector colleagues. World AIDS Day is a difficult day for many of us. It’s a day tinged with sadness, regret, loss and mixed emotions. We wonder what our lives would have been like if HIV/AIDS hadn’t come along.

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2015 has been good year for people living with HIV in New South Wales, writes Positive Life NSW’s Lance Feeney.

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The evidence is clear and compelling – if you are diagnosed with HIV, get on treatment immediately, writes Lance Feeney.

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Looking after each other when fatigued with HIV

Back in the early 2000’s when I was managing the PLC, a poz gay man sidled up to me and asked for a cab voucher to get home. I asked him why he couldn’t take the bus and he replied; “I’ve got HIV fatigue”.

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One might be forgiven for believing that methamphetamine and its pernicious and corrosive social influences are carrying us inexorably towards badness, madness and social chaos.

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Taking a preventative drug before exposure to bacteria, viruses or parasites is not a new concept. It is called pre-exposure prophylaxis.

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It is a little over a year since the Positive Life NSW President Malcolm Leech died of anal cancer and I've been thinking of him and his commitment to the myriad of health and social issues faced by people's living with HIV.

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In the lead up to the recent International AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne, The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Federal Minister for Health launched the Seventh National HIV Strategy 2014-2017.

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To help PLHIV navigate the sometimes tricky issue of disclosure in a range of sexual and drug using situations, solicitors Jennifer Smythe and Indraveer Chatterjee from the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre and Positive Life NSW are developing a new plain language resource

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HIV has been with us for 30 years and we’ve come a long way in understanding the virus since the 80s and 90s.

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prep4

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is the technical jargon for treatment that can stop you getting infected with HIV after a risky exposure (i.e. “We didn’t use a condom when fucking and I’m worried about HIV”).

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People with HIV have a personal potential and responsibility to step up and play an important and vital role in addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

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From time to time, I come across the misguided view that prosecuting and 'locking up' people who transmit HIV is an effective prevention strategy and behavioural deterrent.

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On a Friday afternoon at 4pm on the 20th December while most HIV-positive Australians were preparing for the Christmas and New Year Season, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) announced the removal of a regulatory barrier preventing people from starting HIV treatment early.

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Positive Life NSW is committed to ending HIV transmission in NSW and we are hoping to make a major contribution to the work with our new CHOOSE treatment campaign.

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Just recently, I attended a press conference in Darwin where leaders of the Australian HIV sector provided a progress report on the Australian HIV response and the Melbourne Declaration 2012.

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On 1 October 1 2013, there was a celebration of the life of Malcolm John Leech at the Recital Hall in Angel Place Sydney.

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