What happened next, after David was diagnosed with HIV while on a backpacking holiday.
“Oh, you don’t need that.” This was the reply from my family GP when I asked for a HIV test for the first time. He was our family doctor.
It was a bit of a surprise when she leaned across the table, held my hand and said “I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve tested HIV positive.”
About 10 per cent of people living with HIV in Australia are women, yet we remain relatively invisible.
I know of more than one young heterosexual woman who on asking their GP for an HIV test was told “oh you don’t need that” or “why?”