This report, published in 2013, has been produced as an official account of the collaboration between the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and Igat Hope, the national positive people’s organisation in PNG. The report was commissioned by NAPWHA to record the outcomes of the decade-long partnership and to document the lessons NAPWHA has learned from the experience. The report is partly a re!ection on the part of the authors, but is also based on NAPWHA’s extensive records and archives of its work in PNG. The report draws on various evaluative documents that have been produced over the period of the partnership.
In this NAPWHA monograph published in 2009, the authors have described aspects of the recent trend in Australia of HIV exposure or transmission being pursued within a criminalisation framework. They have also documented how these cases have been prosecuted inconsistently across the country, and also how the cases have been represented in the broader public domain by various, and often inappropriate media coverage.
HIV infection is a worldwide epidemic, affecting people in every country. People with HIV/AIDS (with or without symptoms) are struggling to stay alive and live with dignity. Our voices must be heard and our special needs met.
This Declaration sets forth the responsibilities of government, international agencies, service bodies, private enterprise, unions, the media, health care providers, schools, religious institutions and all Australians to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV are protected. People with HIV/AIDS include women, children, sex workers, haemophiliacs, injecting drug users, indigenous people, people with disabilities, people of non-English speaking backgrounds, young adults, heterosexual, bisexual and transsexual persons, lesbians and gay men.
We make this public Declaration of the Rights of People with HIV/AIDS and call on all Australians to ensure that they are upheld.