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22nd November 2017

SHARING THE JOURNEY TO END HIV

Despite living happy and healthy lives, the stigma of HIV continues. HIV positive people often need to hide their status from friends, family and workplaces, for fear of discrimination.

HIV Positive West Australians have combined with the Western Australian AIDS Council to combat the stigma surrounding the virus, in the lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1st.

Six local Perth residents are involved an advertising campaign that challenges the general public’s notion of HIV.

The campaign is called Sharing the Journey, and will appear across billboards, newspapers and social media across November and December, starting today, November 13.

Mark Reid, one of the six participants, said the virus has become a cultural and emotional issue for the positive community, now that effective treatment has diminished the medical concerns. “Those of us who know our HIV status and are on treatment, are just as healthy as the next person, but it is the stigma surrounding HIV that can be a real challenge.

 “By being involved in this campaign, we can humanise HIV, and hopefully take away some of the fear and myths surrounding it.

“It speaks volumes that some of my friends felt they couldn’t be part of this campaign, because of the possible consequences. In 2017, that sort of thing has been going on for far too long.”

The campaign follows on from a documentary, also called Sharing the Journey, released earlier this year, that describes the impact of HIV on a group of West Australians.   

Health Minister Roger Cook MLA, will officially launch World AIDS Awareness Week at the WA AIDS Council premises on November 27th at 10:30am. 

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For media comment, please contact:

Mark Reid
HIV Positive Peer Educator
WA AIDS Council
Ph | 9482 0000
Email | mreid@waaids.com

 

About World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

About the WA AIDS Council

The WA AIDS Council is a non-government organisation committed to the HIV response in Western Australia. Established in 1985, the Council leads the Western Australian community in the provision of a wide range of services in the prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses, and the treatment and care of people living with HIV and AIDS.

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About HIV in WA

HIV notifications in Western Australia remain steady, and are predominantly among men, with an equal number of homosexual and heterosexual men acquiring the virus. To the end of September 2017, WA had seen 51 new HIV notifications. Almost all infections in Western Australia are from sexual encounters. 

Watch Sharing the Journey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLcoI2lRfHY

 

 

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 03:49

World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 was another significant time for the WA AIDS Council. The Council built on the events of 2015, and this year also involved the whole community with a billboard advertising campaign. The theme "Is this what we are telling our kids about HIV?" asked the community to start a conversation, to talk to young people about sex and STI's, and not forget the history of HIV in Australia. The billboards were positioned at three busy locations, on two Perth Cat buses, and were supported by a range of other activities to coincide with World AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day.

 

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RTRFM Coverage

Each day throughout World AIDS Awareness Week, Council staff participated in radio interviews with local station RTRFM. Topics discussed range from HIV & Ageing, AIDS Awareness and How to Reach Zero Transmissions and Leavers, AIDS and KISS.

You can listen to all of the conversations here: http://rtrfm.com.au/story/world-aids-day/ 

 

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New Resources

To coincide with World AIDS Awareness Week and Leavers, two new resources, a fact sheet "How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex" and a brochure  "Sending Sexy Selfies"   were developed for parents and young people to navigate the world of sexual relationships. 

 

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PLHIV Events

People living with HIV were in Perth were treated to two events as part of World AIDS Awareness Week, the annual MAC Good Spirits event and the PLHIV Community and Family BBQ. Both events were well attended and a good time was had by all. A huge thank you to Daniel and the team at MAC, and the WAAIDS staff who prepared the yummy food for the barbecue.

 

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Corporate Collections

The following people and organisations very generously collected money on behalf on the AIDS Council:

Muzz Buzz Innaloo
Elizabeth Sadleir, Solicitor
Alan Man, Ernst and Young
Norton Rose Fulbright
Bankwest

Together they raised over $2,000 to support the work of the Council and people living with HIV in WA. Thank you!!

 

Corporate Collections


Zero Art Exhibition

For the first time, WAAIDS hosted Zero, an art exhibition inspire by the world wide goal of Zero transmissions, Zero stigma and Zero deaths from AIDS related illnesses. The opening night was held on World AIDS Day, and was attended by a very large crowd at the PSA Fremantle. 

Guests enjoyed delicious food, wandered among the amazing pieces, and heard from Fremantle Mayor Dr Brett Pettitt, Deputy Chairperson Ren Adams, as well as WA NAPWHA representative Paul Baines. The event raised well over $6,000 for the Council.

 

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Film Screening at the Piazza

World AIDS Awareness Week culminated in the Council's public screening of the film Pride, at the Northbridge Piazza. The chilly air didnt deter dozens from enjoying this heartwarming story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who decided to raise money to support the families of the striking miners during Thatcher's England.

Before the film, WAAIDS Board Chairperson Asunka Gunasekera called for a WA PrEP trial, while WA NAPWHA representative Ryan Oliver gave a passionate speech on behalf on people living with HIV in WA, using the theme HIV is still here, and it's on the move.

 

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Every Day is World AIDS Day

Today some of our clients were spoilt by these beautiful people who work for MAC Makeup in Perth. They volunteered their time so they could spend the morning with Emma, Alli and our clients and they made us all feel so very special and beautiful, while they did our makeup and lavished attention on us.

MAC have been amazing contributors to The WA AIDS Council for many many years. Not only do they donate substantial amounts of money to STYLEAID, they provide all of the make up for photo shoots for STYLEAID and supply the makeup teams and make up back stage for the models on the night.

We would like to extend out thanks and our gratitude to Daniel and his volunteers for making it a wonderful morning for our clients.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:43

What's On - World AIDS Awareness Week 2016

World AIDS Awareness Week takes place in the lead up to World AIDS Day, Thursday 1st December. The WA AIDS Council is hosting, and taking part in a range of activities during this time. The first activity that is currently underway is an outdoor advertising campaign raising awareness of HIV in the community. The campaign includes striking billboards in high traffic locations around Perth asking the question; ‘What are we telling our kids about HIV?’'. Clicking through to the WA AIDS Council website, the public can access information and other resources to help start, what for some, may be a potentially awkward discussion. To access these support materials click here.

We are thrilled once again to be taking part in the Pride Parade on Saturday 19th November. We invite you to join us in the parade - RSVPs essential. Click on the Pride Parade tab below for full details. Other events include social events for people living with HIV in Western Australia, HIV testing drop in sessions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, a free outdoor film screening and an arts exhibition fundraiser.

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

World AIDS Day Eve Film Screening - Northbridge Piazza

On the eve of World AIDS Day, Wednesday 30th November, we invite you to join us for a film screening of PRIDE at Northbridge Piazza Super Screen. This is a free event which kicks of at 6pm.

For the full line up of activities, scroll below. 


Saturday 19 November: Pride Parade

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The WA AIDS Council are thrilled to once again be taking part in the Pride Parade. Join us for the biggest party of the year.
We’ll be scooting, walking and dancing our way around the streets of Northbridge for the annual Pride WA Parade.

Grab your dancing shoes, some bright colours and show your support for the LGBTIQA+ community.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP by sending an email here by Friday 11th November for catering and costuming purposes!

#LoveWins #PrideParade2016

Monday 28 November - Friday 2 December: ATSIHAW Drop In Sessions at M Clinic

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M Clinic are offering a week of Drop-in testing as part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week to encourage HIV testing within this community.

M Clinic is a sexual health clinic for men who have sex with men, including trans men and brotherboys. This includes gay and bisexual men, and other male or masculine-identifying persons who sometimes have sex with other men.

Visit the M Clinic website here.

Wednesday 30 November: PRIDE Movie Screening, Northbridge

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Join us on the eve of World AIDS Day for a special screening of PRIDE, an extraordinary true story of two very different communities who unite to defend the same cause.

About the Film: It's Summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support.

Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining villiage in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien comunties as they fight for the same cause.

Date: Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Location: Northbridge Piazza Super Screen, Cnr Lake St & James St, Northbridge

This is a free event.

Thursday 1 December: Good Spirits Day

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Held annually, this workshop provides People Living with HIV (PLHIV) exclusive access to MAC Cosmetics' stellar Make Up team for a pampering session. Learn how to achieve the latest trends and get the tips from the experts.

RSVPs essential. Email Alli at apaterson@waaids.com or call 08 9482 0000

Please note this event is only open to people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Not linked in with the WA AIDS Council? Not to worry. If you haven’t connected with the WA AIDS Council previously and would like to register for this event, please contact Alli (details above) who will explain how you can get involved.

Thursday 1 December: ZERO 2016 Opening Night Launch Event

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ZERO is an arts exhibition in support of Western Australians living with HIV presented by the WA AIDS Council.

A special ticketed launch event takes place on World AIDS Day, Thursday 1st December 2016. This will be the first opportunity for community to purchase a piece of art from the exhibition with part proceeds to the WA AIDS Council.

The inaugural theme is ZERO. This relates to Getting To Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths. Twenty one artists have been chosen to create works in response to the word ‘ZERO’ or the number ‘0’.

Tickets $30+bf each.

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18+ event (those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian)

Full event details can be found here.

INVITE your friends to the Facebook Event Page here.

#artforzero2016

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Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December: ZERO 2016 art exhibition, Fremantle

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ZERO is a new creative arts event and exhibition in support of Western Australians living with HIV presented by the WA AIDS Council. After the launch event on World AIDS Day, Thursday 1st December the exhibition will run from Friday 2nd to Sunday the 4th of December. All works are available for purchase with part proceeds to the WA AIDS Council.

The inaugural theme is ZERO. This relates to Getting To Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths. Twenty one artists have been chosen to create works in response to the word ‘ZERO’ or the number ‘0’.

Expect a vibrant and eclectic series of works, including pieces from well known Western Australian artists namely Daevid Anderson, Virginia Ward, Paul Kaptein and Angela Stewart, artists from around Australia and exciting local emerging artists.

Full event details can be found here.

#artforzero2016

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Saturday 3 December: PLHIV Community Bowling Day

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This is a social event for people living with HIV, in the form of a Community Bowling Day with food, prizes, fun for the kids. This event provides an opportunity for PLHIV to network, discuss topical issues and and do so in a safe and supportive environment.  

RSVPs essential. Email Alli at apaterson@waaids.com or call 08 9482 0000

Please note this event is only open to people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Not linked in with the WA AIDS Council? Not to worry. If you haven’t connected with the WA AIDS Council previously and would like to register for this event, please contact Alli (details above) who will explain how you can get involved.

 

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