The Indigenous Pre-Conference saw the launch of the Aboriginal Nations Torres Strait Islander HIV Youth Mob — fortunately, ANTHYM for short. ANTHYM is a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth created to lift up the voices of Indigenous youth in the HIV response.
The aim of ANTHYM is to promote safe sex and safe injecting messages, HIV prevention, and to tackle stigma and discrimination within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Adopting a spirit of peer mentorship, ANTHYM is a group for youth, led by youth.
“Our first step should be around educating people on how to prevent infection and to break the silence on HIV/AIDS,” ANTHYM co-chair Tarra Liddy said. “We must bring this issue to the surface and encourage [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander] people to participate in open communication about HIV/AIDS without fear or rejection or discrimination — and in a way that is culturally appropriate.”