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HIV is: Just a part of me

In this series, created through a partnership with Gilead Sciences and NAPWHA, six exceptional people centre their lived experience, resilience, joy and hope in the inspiring HIV is: Just a part of me campaign.

Jane

John

Michelle

Steve

Natasha

Justin

National Day of Women Living with HIV 2021

World AIDS Day 2020

Stigma & U=U

Treatment

Now more than ever… Our community leaders call-to-action on World AIDS Day 2020

The Australian theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is Now More Than Ever. To mark the event, NAPWHA asked a wide range of community advocates and the leaders of our member organisations and partners in the response to reflect on what the theme means to them. These short but immensely powerful quotes not only illustrate how far we have come, they also pose a strong call to action for the future of the HIV sector and our hopes for all people living with HIV in Australia.

See also: ‘Every Journey Counts’ — NAPWHA launches video campaign for World AIDS Day 2019

Brent Allen, Public Health consultant for ASHM, ICASO and the IAS provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Beau Newman, Community Advocate provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Anth McCarthy, Peer Navigator of Living Positive Victoria provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Adrian Ogier, NAPWHA Deputy Director provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Abbie Opuama, Community Advocate provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Steve Spencer, NAPWHA Board provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Scott Harlum, NAPWHA President provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Sarah Feagan, Vice-President of NAPWHA and of Living Positive Victoria provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Robert Gordon of Queensland Positive People provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Richard Keane, CEO of Living Positive Victoria provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Michelle Tobin, PATSIN Convener provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Michael Brown, Primary Healthcare worker and NAPWHA Board and PATSIN Board member provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Melissa Warner, CEO of Queensland Positive People provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Kath Leane, Chair of the Femfatales Network and President of Positive Life South Australia provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Dr John Rule, National Research Manager at NAPWHA Board provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Jane Costello, CEO of Positive Life NSW provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Heather Ellis, Peer Project Leader of Positive Women Victoria and host of 'Our Stories: Ending HIV Stigma Podcast' provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Charlie Tredway, NAPWHA Project Officer for Social Media and Community Engagement provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Chris Howard of Queensland Positive People and NAPWHA Board Secretary-Treasurer provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Emil Canita, Community Engagement Officer of Living Positive Victoria provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Diane Lloyd of the NAPWHA Board provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
David Menadue, Community Advocate and NAPWHA Board Secretary-Treasurer provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Danny Ryding of the NAPWHA Board provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message
Cirpri Martinez, President of Positive Organisation Western Australia provides a World AIDS Day 2020 message

World AIDS Day community champions reflect on ’40 Years of HIV: Where to Next?’

While Covid-19 continues to impact our lives, it is now the time when we should mark the 40th anniversary since HIV was first reported by the CDC; thus, beginning our journey on the profound impact that these two viruses have made on the community and our collective resilience. This World AIDS Day 2021, NAPWHA marks the significance of our ongoing advocacy, representation, policy, and health promotion for people with HIV through a campaign reflecting on the Australian theme of 40 Years of HIV: Where to Next?

This campaign features forty diverse, impactful, and galvanising quotes, one for each year since it first was reported – all of which share hopes, aspirations, and a call-to-action as we enter a new decade of the HIV response. In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, NAPWHA will post more of these messages from community of people living with HIV, and the people who have dedicated their lives to research, advocacy, and clinical care alongside us.

We encourage you to share, follow us on this journey through quotes and support your local World AIDS Day events & HIV organisations.