By Lisa Tomney, Manager, Clinical Services
The WA AIDS Council Annual Treatments Forum provides a space to share information about current developments in HIV treatment and an opportunity for people living with HIV to stay connected with others in the community.
The 2016 event took place in early September with funding from sponsors, Gilead, Janssen and ViiV Healthcare supporting a sit down two course buffet dinner. The event was a sell out with 45 People Living with HIV attending the forum as well as Pharma Representatives and support staff.
This year the format included two presentations. Adam, a member of the WA AIDS Council Health Promotion Team presented on AIDS 2016 ‘Access, Equity & Rights Now’. This was the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) which Adam attended on 18-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa. Find out more about the Conference here.
President of the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) Cipri Martinez presented on the HIV Cure Website. Developed by NAPWHA in association with the Doherty Institute and the Alfred Hospital, the website aims to collate latest research news and scientific developments in real-time so people living with HIV in Australia can be educated, engaged and gain access to progress being made in this space. Visit the website here.
A survey undertaken after the event identified that 93 per cent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they had gained a good understanding of the community benefits of the NAPWHA HIV Cure website by the end of the night.
The focus on community driven treatment themes from both presentations left attendees feeling involved and positive with take-home messages including ‘More community direct involvement and participation is essential if we desire a cure.’