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HIV & AIDS: Myths and Facts

This short booklet is designed for the general public. Written in plain English, it provides the answers to 17 common questions about HIV, and provides links for further information about HIV.

Positive Ageing Series #1 HIV BASICS

This resource is targeted at aged care workers. It is a more detailed version of HIV & AIDS: The myths and facts – it also answers questions raised by aged care workers in areas such as occupational health and safety and legalities of HIV disclosure. Contact us for a free copy to review. (Organisations which use this resource for staff training, are encouraged to also involve a Positive Speaker in planning and running the session.)

Positive Ageing Series #2 Understanding the Aged Care System

This booklet is for HIV-positive people and their family/friends/carers. It explains the new mainstream aged care system (commencing 1 July 2015) and how to access home help and (respite or permanent) residential care. It also provides links to other organisations which provide consumer rights and advocacy, information, carer support, dementia/memory loss and independence/mobility services.

Positive Ageing Series #2 Understanding the Aged Care System

This booklet is for HIV-positive people and their family/friends/carers. It explains the new mainstream aged care system (commencing 1 July 2015) and how to access home help and (respite or permanent) residential care. It also provides links to other organisations which provide consumer rights and advocacy, information, carer support, dementia/memory loss and independence/mobility services.

Disclosing your HIV status

Jointly developed by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (NSW) and Positive Life SA, this 2013 resource explores legal issues surrounding HIV disclosure in South Australia.  This guide details the rights and responsibilities of HIV-positive people in relation to sex and relationships, employment, superannuation, insurance, travel, medical and dental services, Centrelink, housing, education, finances, sport and the criminal justice system.  It also explains the law in relation to privacy protection and discrimination.

Positive Disclosure

Positive Disclosure draws heavily on the experiences and thoughts of 18 people living with, or closely affected by, HIV in South Australia. They've each had different experiences of disclosure. It was mainly written for HIV positive people (but may also be useful for those who are closely affected by HIV and HIV service providers). This resource includes lots of tips and hints about what to think about when making decisions about disclosure.

AFAO Fact Sheets

This fact sheet contains information on Adherence and hints to help manage your HIV Medications. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on common blood tests used for managing HIV. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on contact details for State and Territory HIV organisations and services. Links to other state and territory pages can also be found in our links section or by clicking Here. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on disclosure and is targeted towards gay men. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information for heterosexuals living with HIV. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on sexual health checks and is targeted towards gay men. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on the importance of giving up smoking for people with HIV. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet contains information on viral load testing and what the results mean. This resource was produced by AFAO.

This fact sheet addresses the relationship between HIV treatments, viral load levels, and the risk of sexual transmission of HIV. These issues have recently received a lot of attention in the HIV and community media and among people living with HIV (PLHIV) due to the publication of a statement from the Swiss Federal Commission for HIV/AIDS, which has subsequently become known as 'the Swiss Statement'. This resource was produced by AFAO

External Resources

Common Threads

The decision to have children can be one of the most difficult choices HIV positive women make. Decisions associated with parenting can be especially urgent and confronting, for women who are diagnosed with HIV at the time they are becoming mothers. (Several of the storytellers have dealt with the twin realities of pregnancy and diagnosis.)

The Drama Downunder

The Drama Downunder campaign has been produced by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations to provide information about some of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) experienced by gay men (HIV-positive or HIV-negative). It is available both online athttp://thedramadownunder.info and as a booklet.

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Opposites Attract

The booklet looks at the sexual and emotional issues particular to HIV negative men in a serodiscordant relationship. This is particularly important, since a significant number of new HIV infections occur within the first few months of a serodiscordant relationship. Whilst covering the obvious issues around safe sex, this booklet also looks at deeper issues such as risks, attitudes about love and tips on making good relationships better. It is designed to enable me to make informed decisions about their relationship and sexual choices.

Ahead of Time

Ageing is associated with, or responsible for, the ever-increasing susceptibility to disease and death that accompanies advancing age. There has been increasing discussion and great debate about what age this increased susceptibility begins, and whether this is very different for people who live with HIV. This booklet takes a look at the impact of ageing on those living with HIV. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA and ACON.

Having A Life

Having a Life: HIV positive people speak about their lives, loves and hopes for the future is a booklet produced several years ago. We know it’s still very relevant, because the issues it covers are very similar to those raised at the Positive Life SA forums. It also includes useful stories and ideas about looking after your health, accessing support, grief and loss and sex. This is a very readable booklet. It mostly contains the real life stories of 16 different HIV positive people.

Next Steps

This booklet is for any person who is diagnosed HIV positive – regardless of gender, sexuality, or cultural background. It details how the virus affects your body, offers advice on how to manage your life as an HIV positive person and provides suggestions on how to make decisions around treatments, sex, telling people and your legal rights. It will not answer all of your questions, but it may be a useful starting point. You might also find this resource useful if you have been positive for a while and would like more information. You might find advice in this booklet useful at different times as you come to terms with your diagnosis. You might find some sections more relevant to you than others or you might decide you want to read the entire booklet to learn as much as you can about HIV. This resource was produced by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) in conjunction with the National Association of People Living With HIV (NAPWA).

Six Personal Stories

This special edition of Positive Living (the quarterly newsletter of NAPWA and AFAO) gave a personal look at living with Aphthae six people featured here give a range of approaches to looking after their physical and mental wellbeing. None of them has pretended that the process has been easy and they all acknowledge that having HIV can make their efforts that little bit harder – but managing the virus is an important motivation in the first place. Antiretrovirals may have done a lot to keep people alive but, with their side-effects and adherence requirements, they have not always improved people's quality of life as we might like.

Real Time

This booklet has been designed to help gay men work out what is safe, as well as assist them to avoid taking risks. Reducing risks will reduce stress and worry associated with sex. For HIV-negative men this means not worrying about becoming infected with HIV. For HIV-positive men this means not having to worry about exposing sex partners to HIV. Specifically, this booklet will cover choices about not using condoms based on finding sex partners who are the same HIV status as you. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA.

Managing Side Effects

This booklet is for people with HIV who experience side effects from HIV treatments or other physical symptoms that may be due to HIV infection. It is intended as a guide to help you identify the kinds of side effects that some people with HIV experience, and to provide suggestions on how to prevent, manage, reduce or eliminate some common side effects through the use of medicines, complementary and supportive therapies or practical measures. Because some side effects can be serious, it is highly advisable that you discuss any side effects you have, or treatments you plan to use to manage them, with your doctor or health care provider before deciding on any course of action. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA and Queensland Positive People (QPP).

HIV Tests & Treatments

This booklet describes the currently available antiviral drugs for the treatment and management of HIV infection. It also describes some common tests used to monitor the health of people with HIV, and how these tests can be used to help you look after your health, or make decisions about starting, stopping or changing antiviral treatments. This booklet is for anyone with HIV who may be considering starting, stopping or changing treatment. It is designed for all people with HIV, whether you have been recently diagnosed, or have known about your HIV positive status for some time. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA.

Top Tips

There are challenges for people with HIV, but HIV is not a death sentence. You can work and have a career. You can have a normal and long life with medicines for HIV. It is important for you to know the current information to manage HIV. Sometimes, this can be a lot of information for you. The tips in this book were collected from people with HIV, people who teach about HIV, and HIV doctors. These people have chosen these tips as the most important for you to know. The tips are not in any order and this is not everything you need to know. It is a guide to give you important information so you can ask your doctor or other people questions if you need to. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA.

Treat Yourself Right

There are women from all over Australia and from all walks of life who are HIV positive. Positive women are from many different cultural and religious backgrounds, of all ages, sexualities, with and without children. This booklet provides information on a wide range of topics with a focus on health maintenance and treatments information. Topics include diagnosis, disclosure, health, support, treatments, complementary therapies, sex, sexual health, contraception, pregnancy, menopause, and co-infection with hepatitis C. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA.

HIV/AIDS and Us Mob

This booklet is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It may also refer to deceased persons. This resource is intended for a broad audience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. AFAO recognises that this resource may not represent all aspects of the diversity within these Indigenous communities and cultures. This resource was produced by AFAO in conjunction with NAPWA

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