Positive Life NSW Blog

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In the second of a series of personal reflections on what was arguably the most ambitious strategy produced in the thirty years of the Australian HIV response, Geoff Honnor examines the background to and the challenges posed by the ‘Treat Early’ part of the ‘Ending HIV’ equation Test Often + Treat Early + Stay Safe = Ending HIV by 2020.

Image: NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner

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I want to start by talking about a painting in one of the rooms of 414 Elizabeth Street which is home to both Positive Life NSW and ACON.

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In May 2015 I started working for Positive Life NSW, a non-profit community-based organisation, which is the voice of all people living with and affected by HIV in NSW. There are two reactions I get when I mention to someone that I work in the HIV sector.

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In the lead up to HIV testing week, Geoff Honnor presents part one of his personal perspective on the history of the Ending HIV response in NSW, starting with the circumstances that initiated the Ending HIV campaign.

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Today, about 10 per cent of people living with HIV in Australia are women, yet they continue to be relatively invisible in the HIV prevention message. As a heterosexual woman living with HIV for the past 21 years, I am acutely aware today that the experience of women with HIV is still mired in ignorance and invisibility.

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