Positive Peer Education
Our Peer Education Officer can provide a range of information, education and peer support strategies for people living with HIV, to enhance their health and wellbeing. This vital role provides one-on-one support, facilitates groups/seminars/workshops/social networking, and assists with advocacy, referrals and support for families and affected others. Our Peer Education Officer is Michael Birch.
You can also find information and advice about the HIV+ lived experience on these recommended websites:
FACT SHEET - MAKING SENSE OF COVID-19 – LGBTIQ AND HIV COMMUNITIES:
AFAO, NAPWHA and ASHM have created a fact sheet for anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus which may be of use see link here last updated 16th April, 2020.
The Buddy Initiative
This initiative is a peer based program aiming to unite people living with HIV (PLHIV).
A Buddy ...
Can be trained on current health issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, STIs, disease progression, co-morbidities, mental health, AoD, ageing, and self-care.
A Buddy ...
Will be a PLHIV with who you can share your thoughts and feelings.
A Buddy ...
Can assist with reduction in anxiety, stress, isloation and be a source of information, referral and self management strategies.
Remote and rural areas can be reached through platforms like Zoom, Skype and FaceTime.
Please contact [email protected] or phone (08) 9482 0000 for further information.
Sex in the era of COVID
Right now around the world, a lot of things are changing very quickly. But one thing that hasn’t necessarily changed is our desire.
The COVID-19 alert has changed our daily routines, affected our finances and shopping habits, and prompted us to adjust how we interact with others—and this includes our sex lives.
In Australia, health experts are recommending social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and while COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, physical contact during sex carries a high risk of transmission.
Because of this, at this time, casual sex is strongly discouraged. But that doesn’t mean the end of sexual pleasure altogether.
The advice from health experts is to stay at home if you’re able. But that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about pleasure, connection, and getting in (virtual) touch with each other.
It’s really important to remember that even if we are physically alone, we are all in this together. We’ve always found inventive ways of achieving pleasure sexually and now’s the time to let your creativity flow! See here for more!