I have been living with HIV for over 22 years, five of which I was unaware I was positive.
September 1988. It was when AIDS notifications had risen to 1,000; when 500 people had died; when the stigma of infection had spread its poison wide.
Silence equals death is back on the radar of our communities at risk of HIV and for those living with HIV in 2018.
As a Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB) presenter of twenty one years for Positive Life NSW, I have been privileged to hear stories and see lives transform from bleak to hopeful, through a time of fear, illness death and anger.
The truth be told, there are still people dying of AIDS in NSW and Australia. We must stop the silence about AIDS deaths in contemporary Australia.
About 10 per cent of people living with HIV in Australia are women, yet we remain relatively invisible.