Deanna Blegg

Deanna Blegg

  It can be difficult describing me as a person without including HIV, or having it define who I am. I like to think I live life independently of it and it doesn’t affect me. However, daily there are constants, little reminders, like the pills I take, the...
Patrick Coville

Patrick Coville

  My name is Patrick and I would like to share my story with you. I am not very good with dates, maybe because it brings back memories and souvenirs of time and events I would sometimes rather forget. So why not start with the more happy memories: I have been...
Sandra Porter

Sandra Porter

  My name is Sandy Porter and I am a proud woman living with HIV. I grew up in a large, loving family in a small country town. I moved to Melbourne in 1985 following the man of my dreams and along with that a fairytale life that most girls have when in love. I...
Darren Kane

Darren Kane

  As I was growing up, my feeling of distance from the reality of AIDS was typical of the sheltered, middle-class world I lived in. I went to an elite Catholic boys’ school where I remained on the straight and narrow until the later years when I realised I was...
Glenn Filbin

Glenn Filbin

  My name is Glenn Filbin and I was diagnosed HIV Positive in 1997. I am about to turn 52 and I am one of the lucky ones. I was admitted to the Alfred Hospital Emergency Department very unwell. I had Toxic Shock Syndrome. Three days later I was told I was HIV...
Susan Paxton, PhD

Susan Paxton, PhD

  I am an AIDS activist, facilitator, trainer and community-based researcher and I have been living with HIV for twenty years. I first started speaking out about HIV six months after my diagnosis in 1991. I have since spoken to thousands of people, including...
Glenn Ryall

Glenn Ryall

  I was born in Bangladesh to Australian Baptist missionaries. My family lived in Bangladesh for around 13 years before returning to Australia when I was around 3 years old.  My father is an ordained Pastor so I was born and grew up in the Baptist church from day...
Michelle Wesley

Michelle Wesley

  My name is Michelle. I am someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. I could be your neighbour. I am an ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey. My journey is wonderful, it’s tragic, and it is awesome in the way it shapes my life and touches my...
Jeffrey Robertson

Jeffrey Robertson

  I am an AIDS activist, facilitator, trainer and community-based volunteer  coordinator of an HIV and Hepatitis C support and education group based in Warrnambool .I have been living with HIV for over twelve years. I first started speaking out about HIV/AIDS...
Dr Eric M Glare PhD

Dr Eric M Glare PhD

  As a biomedical scientist, Eric worked on HIV brain research before he contracted HIV. Now his own brain bares the consequences of HIV. Anti-HIV medications no doubt saved his life but did not prevent him from becoming infected with viral meningitis where he...