Join Living Positive Victoria for World AIDS Day 2021: 40 Years of HIV. Where to Next?

On Wednesday, 1 December, Living Positive Victoria will host a series of virtual World AIDS Day events exploring this year’s national theme, ‘40 Years of HIV. Where to Next?’

LPV members and the wider community are invited to join and acknowledge that people living with HIV are not forgotten as the community continues in their efforts toward the prevention of HIV, the removal of barriers to testing & treatment and access to services without judgement and stigma.

Foregrounding diverse accounts of lived experience and medical expertise, the line up of World AIDS Day speakers and presenters includes Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer for Victoria, Assoc Prof Jen Power, ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Richard Keane, CEO, Living Positive Victoria, Kirsty Machon, CEO, Positive Women Victoria, Brent Allan, HIV Consultant and former CEO, Living Positive Victoria, Simon Ruth, CEO, Thorne Harbour Health and Michael West, Manager, Sexual Health & Viral Hepatitis Prevention & Population Health, Department of Health.

Living Positive Victoria CEO, Richard Keane reminds us that “Australia saw cases rapidly increase during the 1980s with a disproportionate impact of infections among men who have sex with men.  These times were devastating and almost unimaginable in the context of 2021. There were also women, heterosexual men and gender diverse individuals impacted. Though their numbers were small their determination to find their voices and to be heard provided the framing for the contemporary  HIV response with a greater understanding that anyone can be impacted by HIV.”

“The road ahead echos the words and actions of our AIDS warriors and honours the more than 8,000 Australians lost to AIDS and the legacy of community leadership and empowerment that demands equity for all people living with HIV today and into the future.”

To register to attend World AIDS Day 2021 visit https://livingpositivevictoria.org.au/event/world-aids-day-2021/