Matt Ranford

Matt Ranford

As we all know, the red ribbon signifies support for HIV/AIDS. Nowadays, there is a ribbon for every cause.

But... how did the original idea of a ribbon to symbolise a cause come about?

Read or listen to the fascinating backstory of how the concept was born here.
A podcast by Roman Mars of 99% Invisible via Slate.

Photo credits:
Ted Eytan/Flickr
Visual AIDS

Friday, 27 November 2015 01:28

Six Voices - Creative Writing Project

Six Voices is a creative writing project, featuring stories from people in WA, living with HIV.

These powerful, honest accounts describe how it feels to live with HIV. Click the images below to read more.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015 06:42

On the Fast Track to End AIDS by 2030

GENEVA, 24 November 2015—Ahead of World AIDS Day 2015, UNAIDS has released a new report showing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. By adapting to a changing global environment and maximizing innovations, countries are seeing greater efficiencies and better results.

Read the full media release here

Thursday, 26 November 2015 04:03

The Joy of Sex in Later Life

"Research has confirmed what older people have long known but haven’t traditionally talked about – age typically doesn’t eliminate or diminish the need and desire for sex."

It might be sometimes awkward to talk about, but with more people over 50 remaining sexually active, it's a conversation we need to have. 

Sex in later live has many health benefits - burning fat, strengthening bones and boosting the immune system - it carries risks too. Lower recorded rates of condom use have led to a surge in STI infections amongst this age group.

The full article appears at The Conversation.

For information on WA AIDS Council's training programs for aged care facilities, click here

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 05:59

HIV Long-Term Survivors

A Vision for Our Future LTS Declaration Vision for Our Future

With courage and compassion long-term survivors of HIV strive not only to survive but also to thrive into full, meaningful, productive, independent and connected lives, free from stigma, ageism and discrimination regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic circumstance.

Read the full declaration here, or download the PDF, to right.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 03:22

No Room for Friendly Fire

Joel Goldman discuss HIV stigma in 2015 in light of recent high profile celebrity disclosures. 

"As people who were targets of this epidemic by historical accident — gays, sex workers, injection drug users, the most marginalized — we need to remember the strength in our unity and not get too nit-picky about everything that gets said. Let's keep the bigger picture in our forethought."

Read the full story at POZ.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 01:52

PrEP: Who Gives A **** Forum

Thank you to everyone who came along to PrEP: Who Gives a ****? PrEP Forum

The conversation flowed freely and Nic Holas was brilliant as the facilitator. 

It is an exciting time for treatment but there is much work to be done to provide access to PrEP for those who need it.

If you would like to contribute, or find out more, visit the PrEPaccessNOW Facebook page.

Monday, 23 November 2015 03:46

Pride Parade 2015

On Saturday the 21st November, the WA AIDS Council participated in it's 25th consecutive Pride WA Parade, through the streets of Northbridge. 

The theme for this year's event was Silver City, and the Council's float entry was prepared accordingly. Lot's of white, silver and shiny mirrorballs, lit up with black lights, created an unforgettable kaleidoscope of light, colour and movement. 

Here is some of the action from a terrific night. Head over to our Facebook page to see even more. 

The WA AIDS Council would like to thank and congratulate Pride WA on 25 years of supporting the community

Friday, 20 November 2015 08:12

Where to get an STI Test


AIDSLINE: For any HIV related questions call (08) 9482 0044


M Clinic

548 Newcastle Street, West Perth

(08) 9227 0734 

* For men who have sex with men

GP on Beaufort

691 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley

(08) 9262 8600

Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic

Level 4, Ainslie House, 48 Murray St, Perth

(08) 9224 2178 

Sexual Health Quarters

70 Roe Street, Northbridge

(08) 9227 6177 

Regional Sexual Health Helpline: 1800 198 205 

South Terrace Clinic (formerly B2 Clinic)

A Block, South Terrace, Fremantle Hospital 

(08) 9431 2149

Perth Medical Centre

713 Hay Street, Perth

(08) 9481 4342 


Derbarl Yerrigan

156 Wittnoom Street, East Perth

(08) 9421 3888

* Aboriginal Health Service 

'The Zone' Kwinana Youth Sexual Health Clinic

Corner Gilmore Avenue & Darius Drive, Kwinana

(08) 9236 4550

* For ages 12 - 25

Armadale Headspace Sexual Health Clinic

40 Fourth Road, Armadale

(08) 9393 0300

Headspace Rockingham Sexual Health Clinic

Unit 3, 18 Goddard Street, Rockingham

(08) 6595 8888







(08) 9941 0555


(08) 9956 1985


(08) 9080 8200

South Hedland 

(08) 9174 1660 


(08) 9842 7500


(08) 9194 1646


(08) 9781 2350 


(08) 9662 4320



Tuesday, 01 December 2015 04:19

World AIDS Awareness Week 2015 Wrap Up

The theme for World AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day 2015 was Getting To Zero: Zero Stigma, Zero New Cases, Zero Deaths. The aim is to encourage all Australians to be aware of HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

Across the week, the WA AIDS Council held several events for people living with HIV as well as events for the wider community making it the biggest World AIDS Awareness Week to date!

The week kicked off with a Morning Tea in the Park for PLHIV. This offered an opportunity for networking and reconnecting in the beautiful surrounds of Harold Boas Gardens – thankfully the weather held up. Nic Holas – HIV Activist, Writer and TIM Co-Founder – attended the event and was well received by guests.

Later that day a community forum hosted by Nic Holas, was an opportunity for Gay men and men who have sex with men to discuss PrEP. The conversation flowed freely and Nic was brilliant as the facilitator. Thank you to those who attended and contributed to a very important conversation. If you couldn’t attend, but would like to contribute, or find out more, visit the PrEPaccessNOW Facebook page.

Planet Positive, a social networking event for HIV-Positive gay men and men who have sex with men took place at one of Perth’s most popular venues. The small crowd enjoyed mingling, catching up with others as well as meeting new people.

On the morning of World AIDS Day, a record turnout of guests and Make Up Artists attended the Good Spirits Day Pamper session at the new MAC Cosmetics office in West Leederville. Held annually, this workshop provides PLHIV exclusive access to MAC Cosmetics stellar team and the opportunity to learn how to pull off the latest looks, get tips and tricks, and have make up problems solved one on one. For MAC lovers both male and female, this is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed!

"It's Not Over" Premiere film screening. The Council did something a little different this year to mark World AIDS Day. Rather than hosting an event at the AIDS Memorial on the outskirts of the city, we brought World AIDS Day to the heart of Perth City in a bid to raise awareness of HIV and continue to reduce stigma and discrimination in the wider community. The film “It’s Not Over” was premiered in Perth on the Piazza Super Screen in Northbridge to a crowd of 100 people. Produced by MAC AIDS Fund tells the inspiring story of three courageous millennials from around the world who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

A volunteer team of six handed out World AIDS Day materials including red ribbons, pens and branded carry bags to the beanbag hugging crowd and passers by. In fact, we distributed more merchandise than in any other year. Not only did they hand out merchandise for people to take home, more importantly, they answered questions about HIV and AIDS to those who were curious about learning more. This is a massive win to celebrate and we thank the volunteers for being so passionate about the cause, as well as our Training and Development team for ensuring all volunteers are equipped with the latest information to respond.

Overall the response was very positive. If you missed out this year, make sure to mark December 1 in your diaries as we aim to host something similar for 2016. For those who normally attend the AIDS Memorial event on World AIDS Day, a Candlelight Vigil takes place in May. More details will be provided closer to the date.

To wrap up the week, Love Game held a Red Carpet event. Love Game is a brand developed to raise awareness of HIV within our diverse community through a variety of engaging and inclusive events. Guests enjoyed first class cuisine, a spoken word piece from Miss Africa Perth Finalist Sakhile and songs from young talents and recent StarSearch winner Modest Music, acoustic singers and songwriters 3ble Clef. Amongst guests was Janine Freeman MP for Mirrabooka and Inspector Don-Emmanuel Smith. The evening provided the platofrm to recognise and celebrate the contribution of passionate community members and their work in raising awareness of HIV. Follow Love Game for upcoming news and events.

Local Perth Station RTR FM covered topics surrounding HIV throughout the week. Have a listen to the coversations here:

Monday November 23 - Mark Reid spoke to RTRFM’s Chris Mason to talk about the week’s activities and where we’re at in 2015, and began by asking what the difference in HIV/AIDS media coverage between the 1980′s and today: Listen here
Tuesday November 24 - Writer, HIV Activist and Co-Founder of The Institute of Many (TIM) Nic Holas joined Kylie Sturgess, to talk about what PrEP is and the implications for both HIV positive and negative people into the future: Listen here



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