From a time when PLHIV were largely invisible, except as visibly sick and disfigured, to today when Poz Action and the representation and participation of PLHIV is embedded in the Australian HIV response, there is not one story, it is many voices and the need to remember others now long silent.
The challenge for NAPWHA in trying to give adequate and just coverage of a history that has imbued lives and communities with despair is to also capture and value what has been remarkable and unique about individual and community responses to that scourge. Many people have wanted to see us construct a record for NAPWHA and the PLHIV response at the national level. This document is but one form of how that can be developed, but it is a critical way of capturing voices from times past.
This document represents what, in research or historical work, is described as a collection of primary sources. Considerable rigour has been applied to gather and present the material in this document and so it will stand alongside other such attempts – and hopefully be an encouragement to others to do this in this area.
Given the breadth and number of contributors, it is a unique document in Australia.