Resources for people living with HIV

RESOURCES

‘Us Mob and HIV’ is a booklet designed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s understanding of HIV. The booklet provides introductory information about HIV, transmission and prevention, HIV testing, HIV treatments, health monitoring, care and support needs, as well as contact details for services. Download the booklet or contact your local AIDS Council for hard copies.

Living Well: Women with HIV, is an online resource for women living with HIV. It provides clear information about disclosing HIV status, having sex, treatment, having children, keeping well and getting support. The resource deals with specific issues faced by women with HIV, including increased risk of thrush, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer and osteoporosis. The resource also covers issues associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

‘RESPECT’ – OUR MOB is a handbook produced by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia on STIs and bloodborne viruses.

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation produces a range of resources on sexual health

DOIN ‘IT’ RIGHT! Is a sexual and reproductive health kit for the Aboriginal community produced by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC)

The HIV Tests & Treatments website provides information for people living with HIV about HIV treatment medications – how they work, and how to deal with side-effects. It also describes some common tests used to monitor the health of people with HIV, and how these tests can be used to make decisions about starting or changing treatments.

“Neville’s story” is one of a series of short films produced by Queensland Positive People which feature five diverse people living with HIV discussing HIV treatment and the ways that HIV treatment has changed. Neville Fazulla, a man of Arrernte and Afghani decent who has been living with HIV for over 20 years, talks about the support he has received from his family and friends, and his 20 year experience of changing HIV medications.

The Positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, or PATSIN, is made up entirely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV. PATSIN provides culturally appropriate support to people with HIV in our community. PATSIN is hosted by the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), and meets face-to-face and by teleconference throughout the year. The network provides the opportunity for HIV-positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to advocate for policy change at a national level. PATSIN members network in their communities – talking about ways to promote safe sex, safe needle use, HIV testing and early treatment. PATSIN can be contacted by email: patsin@napwha.org.au or by phoning NAPWHA on 1800 259 666.

hivcure.com.au has been developed by the National Association of People With HIV Australia in association with the Doherty Institute, the Alfred Hospital and the Kirby Institute. The website collates the latest research news and scientific developments as they happen. The website is part of a partnership between community organisations and scientists to ensure that people living with HIV in Australia can be educated, engaged and gain access to the successes being made.