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Sex and relationships

HIV is sexually transmissible and most people with HIV in Australia became HIV positive through sex. Issues such as disclosure, negotiation and safe sex are covered in this section of the website.

Key resources

Cover image - Treat Yourself Right 2007

This educational resource developed by AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. and NAPWA outlines the treatment options for women living with HIV.

HIV Positive Gay Sex - cover

This booklet is about being gay, having HIV and sex. It has been written from a positive man's perspective.

Media frenzy over positive sex worker

Positive Living article • Serena Maluwisa • 26 June 2008

January and February this year were marked by a furore of sensationalist media about Hector Scott, a resident of the ACT who first appeared in the ACT Magistrates court charged with providing a commercial sexual service while knowing he was infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and failing to register as a sex worker. read more »

Bareback is the new safe sex – or is it?

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 23 June 2008
Safe sex

The announcement by a group of Swiss AIDS experts that people with undetectable viral loadA measurement of the quantity of HIV RNA in the blood. Viral load blood test results are expressed as the number of copies (of HIV) per milliliter of blood plasma. are sexually non-infectious needs to be treated with caution, writes Paul Kidd. read more »

ACT Health ‘clumsy, alarmist’ in sex worker case

Media release • 2 February 2008

The ACT government’s handling of a case involving an alleged HIV-positive sex worker has been clumsy, alarmist and has failed to follow basic public health guidelines, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) has said. read more »

Forced to the Margins ... Again

Discussion paper • Peter Canavan • 30 November 2007

This paper was prepared after a special session at the NAPWHA General Meeting April 2007 where NAPWHA members discussed their response to concerns over sensationalist media attention surrounding recent HIV transmission cases. read more »

Treat Yourself Right

Resource • 1 October 2007

This educational resource developed by AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. and NAPWHA outlines the treatment options for women living with HIV. read more »

Criminalisation and the sexual transmission of HIV

Policy paper • 23 July 2007

A policy paper outlining NAPWHA's position on criminal prosecution for sexual transmission of HIV. read more »

Rising HIV levels: why we should care and what we can do

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 22 March 2007

HIV infections are on the rise nationwide, and the government is planning an advertising blitz aimed at gay men. If HIV is making a comeback, should positive gay men care? And if we do care, what can we do? read more »

News and treatments briefs

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 22 March 2007
Treating HIV

HIV-related news in brief from the March 2007 edition of Positive Livingread more »

HIV gene ‘immunity’ tests: don’t believe the hype

Media release • 20 October 2006

Gay men are being urgently warned to be sceptical of a genetic test being marketed in Australia which purports to indicate whether an individual may be immune to HIV infection. read more »

Rocky Mountain CROI

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 27 April 2006

The 13th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) took place in Denver, Colorado, from February 5 to 8. The major breaking news from this conference was the premature cancellation of the SMART study, but as usual, this important conference produced a great deal more than a single story. read more »

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