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Heterosexual Men Australia Network (HetMAN)

The Heterosexual Men Australia Network, known as HetMAN, is an advocacy group represented by and for a collective of people living with HIV in Australia who self-identify as cis-male and heterosexual.

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Who we are

HetMAN was founded in 2021 through an initiative of the NAPWHA HIV Health Literacy Framework project – a community-led project which employs a participatory action research approach aiming to build the capacity of PLHIV communities and to develop tailored health promotion.

Led by Community Advocate, Anth McCarthy, who works in collaboration with a founding group of other peers – HetMAN has been established through NAPWHA and continues to advocate for health literacy and health promotion. The HetMAN group meet regularly for advocacy work and to support social networks.

How to engage with us

Are you a heterosexual man living with HIV in Australia? We would like to hear from you. We meet regularly to advocate on behalf of ourselves. Our social network aims to provide a safe inclusive spaces and ways to connect with each other for social connection.

It is also a way to exchange conversations relating to HIV and general health – this includes talking about navigating the healthcare system in Australia.

How our meetings are conducted

The group connects primarily by teleconference, with capacity for an annual face-to-face meeting. An email loop is used to facilitate discussion and consultation between meeting times, circulate information for discussion, and assist in NAPWHA’s consultation process as matters arise.

About the Health Literacy Framework project

Activities undertaken to establish HetMAN:

  • In 2020, Community Advocate Anth McCarthy conducted semi-structured interviews with his peer network from around Australia. This aimed to investigate what works where and how in terms of health literacy (gaps, enablers and opportunities) and improving HIV-related heath outcomes for heterosexual men. These consultations went on to inform a range of health literacy initiatives targeting (or tailored for) heterosexual men.
  • These interviews were summarised in a Report available for download [PDF]

From this investigation, the health literacy project aims to implement some project initiates, including: 

  • In 2021, a core reference group including Nathan Butler (former QPP Peer Navigator) commenced formalising discussions around the formation of a NAPWHA-auspiced network.

Video:  Hear from Community Advocate, Anth McCarthy, who was central to the co-design of a health literacy framework for heterosexual men living with HIV. After the pilot of women living with HIV was rolled out in its initial pilot phase, the framework’s approach was allied to other groups of people living with HIV. Anth is reporting back to NAPWHA members at the Special General Meeting (May 2021).


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