On December 1, as the world observes World AIDS Day, we shine a light on the crucial role communities play in ending HIV transmission. This year's global theme, "Let Communities Lead," underscores the strength of community work in the global fight against HIV.
"The 2023 Australian campaign theme, 'Inclusion, Respect, Equity,' highlights the pressing need to make HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services more inclusive," says Barbara Luisi, Manager of the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS). Our goal is to tackle HIV stigma and ensure that these services are accessible to all, including individuals from diverse backgrounds.
"HIV remains a public health concern in Australia, with over 29,000 people living with HIV," warns Barbara Luisi. "These communities are more likely to miss timely HIV services, but it's essential to know that HIV treatment is available for free, even if you don't have a Medicare card."
To support this campaign, MHAHS is promoting its award-winning resource, "HIV: What you need to know," available in eight languages. The e-booklet can be downloaded from the MHAHS website, and free hard copies are available to order. Supporters can also download a toolkit on the range of multilingual resources available and how to support the campaign.
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