Positive Life NSW has launched 7 Good Reasons to test for HIV Now with a sneak peek screening of a powerful new documentary Nothing Without Us at Dendy Cinemas Newtown on 4th June. The film, yet to be released in Australia, tells the story of the exemplary role women living with HIV have played and continue to play in the global HIV response.
Positive Life NSW CEO, Craig Cooper, said the launch of 7 Good Reasons to test for HIV Now is part of HIV Testing Week. The new multilingual resource was developed by Positive Life NSW, Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) and Pozhet.
“The theme for this year is Never Tested for HIV? Get tested today. The campaign is asking people at risk to get tested for HIV because roughly one in ten people living with HIV don’t know they have the virus,” said Mr Cooper.
Thirty percent of people who are newly diagnosed with HIV are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and HIV affects people of all genders, cultures, languages and nationalities.
“We are pleased to partner with the Positive Life NSW and Pozhet who are reaching out to people from culturally diverse backgrounds,” said Barbara Luisi, manager of the MHAHS.
"We are excited to continue our partnership and complement their work across NSW”.
7 Good Reasons to test for HIV Now is a companion resource to 7 Good Reasons to Start HIV Treatment Now.
The digital resource covers seven of the key reasons why people should get tested for HIV in plain everyday language and was designed to engage people with low literacy skills who may be also from diverse cultural backgrounds.
It has been developed in English, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
The resource is available on the MHAHS website at http://mhahs.org.au/index.php/en/hiv/7-reasons-to-test.