Positive Peer Education

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Peer Education Officer. 

David Tonkin is our  Peer Education Officer. David can provide a range of information, education and peer support strategies for people living with HIV, to enhance their health and wellbeing. David provides one-on-one support, facilitates groups/seminars/workshops/social networking, and assists with advocacy, referrals and support for families and affected others.

If you are newly diagnosed, or have questions relating to living with HIV, including treatment, stigma, *U=U, legalities, relationships and more, please contact David at dtonkin@waaids.comYou can also find information and advice about the HIV+ lived experience on these recommended websites: 

* "Research to date has found that people with HIV who take antiretroviral treatment daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain sustained viral suppression have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to a HIV-negative partner. This is know as undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP)." Read more here. 

Peer Mentoring Program

Living with HIV has changed over the past 5 years. With modern treatment and support, HIV positive people can lead healthy and active lives. Learning how to do this does not have to be overwhelming, and no one needs to do it alone. WAAC's Peer Mentoring Program can provide the most current HIV information, answer questions, offer support and show how other people deal with HIV.

Become a Peer Mentor

A Peer Mentor is a HIV positive person who can asist other HIV positive people who are newly diagnosed or who are needing support to improve emotional health, understand current treatments and the role of treatments as prevention, develop disclosure strategies and navigate well-being. Peer Mentors are trained on current health issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, STIs, self-care, disease progression, co-morbidities, HIV and Ageing and wellbeing. If you're interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please contact David Tonkin - dtonkin@waaids.com or (08) 9482 0000. 

Get Linked Up with a Peer Mentor 

Talking with someone else who is living with HIV can reduce stress, anxiety and isolation. We have the ability to work with people all over WA through use of Skype and Facetime. A peer mentor can support you, provide you with the ost current information and help you develop HIV self-management strategies. If you're interested in being connected with a peer mentor, please contact David Tonkin - dtonkin@waaids.com or (08) 9482 0000.

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Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.

WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country throughout Australia, and their strength, resilience and connection to land and community. In particular, the WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.

 

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