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. 

 If you are newly diagnosed, or have questions relating to living with HIV, including treatment, stigma, *U=U, legalities, relationships and more, please contact waac@waaids.com

You 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 known as undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U) and Treatment as Prevention (TasP)." Read more here. 
 

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. 

CHECK IN AND CHAT AT THE LIGHTHOUSE EVERY TUESDAY @ 5PM

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Reaching out to all People Living with HIV in WA.

Check in and chat at the Lighthouse is each Tuesday from 5pm. 

Conversations are supportive as well as informative. Email contact waac@waaids.com for more information

 Buddy Initative
  
The Buddy Initiative
Your emotional and physical wellbeing are paramount to the Council.

 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 waac@waaids.com or phone (08) 9482 0000 for further information.

TGD Socials

 

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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!

 


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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