Off the back of International Women's Day on March 8th, comes the inaugural National Day of Women Living with HIV Australia on March 9th. The National Network of Women Living with HIV (WLHIV), Femfatales, are encouraging partners, family and colleagues within this community, to hold a morning tea at home or in the workplace to raise awareness and show support for women living with HIV.
Femfatale co-chair Dianne Nyoni explains, "We want to inspire, support, advocate, and give WLHIV the platform to step up and be heard...Women often go underground after diagnosis and hide in fear of being labelled, judged and stigmatised. Acknowledging that there are WLHIV will, hopefully, encourage women to test, understand that they are at risk and normalise the fact that this is a virus that impacts on all women in Australia."
Women share their stories with Positive Living Magazine:
Read the full media release by the National Association for People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) here.
The WA AIDS Council are hosting a dinner with WLHIV to mark the occassion, recognise and celebrate these women.
Images by Eamon Gallagher