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Positive women

Globally, women and girls now make up more than half of all people living with HIV. Women face particular challenges in dealing with HIV — they may experience different illnesses and treatment side effects, for example, and women who become pregnant must take special precautions to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.

NAPWHA's Positive Women's Network ensures that the voices of positive women are heard and valued in our national response to HIV and within our communities.

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Common Threads

For women living with HIV, the decision to have children can be one of the most difficult choices they make. For women who are diagnosed HIV positive at the time they are becoming mothers, those decisions can be especially urgent and confronting. In her book, KARALYN McDONALD shares the stories of several women who have dealt with the twin realities of pregnancy and diagnosis.

AIDS Care cover

A paper titled 'A review of reproductive health research, guidelines and related gaps for women living with HIV' has been published in AIDS Care.

IAS Conference opens with spotlight on politics

Story • Paul Kidd • 23 July 2007

The 4th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention has opened in Sydney with calls for increased funding for HIV research, and a powerful rejection of the Australian Prime Minister's plans to tighten restrictions on immigration by people living with HIV/AIDS. read more »

Common threads

Positive Living article • Karalyn McDonald • 22 March 2007

For women living with HIV, the decision to have children can be one of the most difficult choices they make. For women who are diagnosed HIV positive at the time they are becoming mothers, those decisions can be especially urgent and confronting. In this extract from her new book, KARALYN McDONALD shares the stories of several women who have dealt with the twin realities of pregnancy and diagnosis. read more »

News and Treatments Briefs

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 21 December 2006
Treating HIV

HIV-related news in brief from the December 2006 edition of Positive Livingread more »

Get connected with women@ozpoz

Story • Kirsty Machon • 17 November 2005
Positive women

Information about a new national email list for HIV positive women. read more »

NAPWHA Conference 2005

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 13 October 2005

The tenth national conference of people living with HIV/AIDS, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in November, is set to be the biggest and best yet. read more »

Positive women's views on routine HIV antenatal screening

Conference presentation • Kirsty Machon • 11 October 2005

A poster presentation from the 2005 ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. Conference held in Hobart, Tasmania. read more »

Paediatric HIV and Hepatitis C Conference Update

Story • Kirsty Machon • 11 October 2005
living with HIV

A report back from an update meeting on paediatric treatment of HIV held at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. read more »

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Opportunities for the HIV-positive community?

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 July 2005
Defeating HIV

The 5th National HIV/AIDS strategy document — launched by health minister Tony Abbott in Sydney on June 23 — has some opportunities in it for HIV-positive people and their organisations to work at improving services and initiatives, particularly in the treatments care and support areas. read more »

HIV infections fall in NSW

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 28 July 2005
Culturally and linguistically diverse communities

After two years of increases, New South Wales has recorded a small drop in new HIV notifications, including a significant reduction in the number of gay men diagnosed. read more »

Controversy over World AIDS Day launch

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 19 December 2004
Positive women

AIDS advocates say they are disappointed at the failure of organisers to include any HIV-positive people in the official program for World AIDS Day in Canberra. read more »

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