What is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week?

The inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week – “ATSIHAW” – was held in November 2014 to get a conversation going in our community about HIV prevention and the importance of regular testing for HIV.

ATSIHAW has proven itself to be a powerful force – engaging our community, as well as HIV researchers, doctors, health workers and policy-makers.

ATSIHAW 2016 ran from 28 November to 2 December 2016, with the official launch at Parliament House, Canberra, on 30 November 2016. Community events were held at Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Australia.

ATSIHAW 2017 will run from 27 November to 1 December 2017, with the official launch at Parliament House, Canberra, on 29 November 2017. Senator Dean Smith will host the launch, in his capacity as Chair of the Parliamentary Liaison Group on HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Community events and activities are being organised across Australia – have a look at the ATSIHAW facebook page to see what’s happening where: https://www.facebook.com/ATSIHAW/