Women living with HIV

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. Women living with HIV have specific social and health-related experiences associated with HIV.

If you are a woman living with HIV and you need support you can contact the Treatments Officer and peer at Positive Life NSW by calling (02) 8357 8386, 1800 245 677 (freecall) or email contact@positivelife.org.au

National Day of Women Living with HIV (NDWLHIV) is 9 March each year (email contact@positivelife.org.au to receive NDWLHIV notices and invitations).

Below are resources on our website and links to other places on the internet which could prove helpful to you.

2019:pdf iconA Community Perspective: On Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer among women and, trans and gender diverse people – PLNSW report

pdf iconWomen, HIV and Life Community Report – PLNSW report

Living Well – information about some of the key issues for WLHIV

Femfatales – the National Network of Women living with HIV advisory group


Unravelling the Law – a guide for women living with HIV

International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) – global network by and for WLHIV

Positive Women Victoria – support and advocacy for WLHIV

Know your body blueprint

Women and HIV

For your clinicians and GPs

Access to HIV treatment in Australia

Online Articles

2019: Women and HIV – Positive Life NSW

HIV – the heterosexual context – Positive Life NSW

2018: Why women with HIV are persistently invisible – and how we can challenge it – Theo Gordon, The Conversation

(In)visible Women (Living with HIV) – Positive Life NSW

Why silence equals death is back on our radar in 2018 – Positive Life NSW

Three Yearly Cervical Screens for women living with HIV – Positive Life NSW

Anal Cancer: Are women at risk?  – Positive Life NSW

2017: World AIDS Day Address – Positive Life NSW

2016: Still living with ignorance and invisibility – Positive Life NSW

Yes, there are heterosexual people living with HIV in NSW! – Positive Life NSW

Reactions to working in the HIV sector – Positive Life NSW

2015: Youth today: Sex, drugs and HIV – Positive Life NSW

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