HAART

Before the 1996 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Vancouver, there was no effective treatment for HIV.

A lot has changed in 25 years! 25 years ago, the 11th International AIDS Conference was held in Vancouver. It was here that attendees first heard about a game changer for people living with HIV – highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

The effectiveness of antiretroviral (ART) combination therapy, turned HIV from an automatic death sentence into a chronic manageable health condition.

Life-changing for those of us living with HIV

Once ART medications became widely available, we began to see a massive social shift in our lives. No longer planning for our death, we were faced with making plans for the future living with a chronic manageable health condition.

  • Where you there in Vancouver in 1996?
  • What was it like to hear the news and witness the hope and excitement, not the least the significant changes in the survival rates of HIV?
  • How did your life change: goals, plans, hopes, dreams shift once the reality of ART medications impacted your health for the better?
  • Share the realities of living through such a pivotal moment in time with today’s generation of people living with HIV.

Inform/ Share/ Reflect/ Celebrate

To share your reflections of this time, please get in touch with Craig, Talkabout Editor (02) 9206-2177, 1800 245 677 (freecall outside metro) or contact@positivelife.org.au

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