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Federal Budget 2016-2017: Overview of health and foreign aid measures

This briefing outlines key measures announced in the Federal Government’s 2016-2017 Budget relevant to communities affected by HIV.

Published: 12/05/2016PDF File - 212.9 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: overview (Amharic)

This overview is one of a series of briefing papers which summarise key HIV-related issues for African Australian communities. (Arabic translation).

Published: 02/12/2015PDF File - 533.3 KB

Le VIH et les communautés africaines subsahariennes en Australie: Les jeunes

Le présent document d'information porte sur des problèmes spécifiques liés au VIH qui peuvent toucher les jeunes personnes d'origine africaine. Ce document fait partie d'une série de rapports qui résument les points essentiels formulés dans le cadre du document de travail de l'AFAO, HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia (Le VIH et les communautés africaines subsahariennes en Australie).

Published: 30/10/2015PDF File - 488.3 KB

Le VIH et les communautés africaines subsahariennes en Australie : La stigmatisation

Le présent document d'information traite de l'impact de la stigmatisation liée au VIH sur les personnes séropositives nées en Afrique, ainsi que sur les communautés africaines en Australie. Ce document fait partie d'une série de rapports qui résument les points essentiels formulés dans le cadre du document de travail de l'AFAO, « HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia » (Le VIH et les communautés africaines subsahariennes en Australie).

Published: 30/10/2015PDF File - 198.8 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: young people

This briefing paper examines specific HIV-related issues that may affect young people of African background.

Published: 29/10/2015PDF File - 184.0 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: stigma

This briefing paper examines the impact of HIV-related stigma on African-born people with HIV and African communities in Australia.

Published: 29/10/2015PDF File - 187.7 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

Background Briefing: Spitting and Mandatory Testing for HIV and other BBVs

This background briefing summarises concerns about SA and WA legislation that allows forced BBV testing of an individual who is considered to have potentially exposed a police officer to the risk of contracting a BBV.

Published: 01/10/2015PDF File - 170.6 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

Mandatory testing for BBVs for alleged offenders in SA & WA

This AFAO Briefing paper explains the problems with forced BBV testing and discusses policy and advocacy solutions for the potential negative impact of these new laws.

Published: 30/09/2015PDF File - 438.2 KB

Australian PrEP roundup (August 2016)

AFAO’s Australian PrEP roundup paper includes information on interim arrangements for PrEP access around Australia

Published: 19/08/2015PDF File - 1.7 MB
AFAO Briefing Paper

AFAO Briefing Paper: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community input and the HIV response

This briefing paper summarises key points about the impact of HIV on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their response to HIV, including information about the Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA), the 7th National HIV strategy, and the Eora Action Plan.

Published: 01/06/2015PDF File - 165.1 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: overview

This overview is one of a series of briefing papers which summarise key HIV-related issues for African Australian communities.

Published: 22/05/2015PDF File - 223.2 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: overview (Arabic)

This overview is one of a series of briefing papers which summarise key HIV-related issues for African Australian communities. (Arabic translation).

Published: 22/05/2015PDF File - 374.0 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

Le VIH et les communautés africaines subsahariennes en Australie: Vue d'ensemble

Cette vue d'ensemble est l’une d’une série de documents qui résume les questions clés liés au VIH pour les communautés afro-australiennes.

Published: 22/05/2015PDF File - 218.4 KB

Federal Budget 2015-2016: overview of domestic health measures

An overview of HIV/BBV and health-related measures in the Federal Budget 2015-16

Published: 13/05/2015PDF File - 632.3 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

Briefing: HIV and sub-Saharan African communities

This background briefing paper outlines key HIV-related issues for sub-Saharan African communities in Australia.

Published: 01/05/2015PDF File - 127.0 KB
AFAO Briefing Paper

HIV and Australia: a short history

This briefing paper outlines the history of HIV in Australia.

Published: 28/02/2015PDF File - 172.7 KB

Briefing paper: National Health and Physical Education Curriculum

This briefing paper outlines the context for the development of the National Curriculum, identifies gaps in the most recent draft, specifically in relation to HIV and STIs, and makes suggestions for future advocacy regarding sexual health content.

Published: 16/05/2014PDF File - 572.4 KB

Federal Budget 2014-2015

An overview of health-related measures in the 2014-15 Federal Budget, including HIV funding, changes to Medicare and the PBS, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research, and changes to preventative health agencies.

Published: 16/05/2014PDF File - 187.3 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African communities in Australia: Criminalisation

This briefing paper examines the impact of prosecutions for HIV exposure or transmission on sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia.

Published: 15/05/2014PDF File - 164.4 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: prevention and awareness

This briefing paper examines issues to be addressed in developing HIV prevention and awareness programs that engage African Australian communities.

Published: 29/04/2014PDF File - 146.6 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: people with HIV

This briefing paper examines the experience of African-born people living with HIV in Australia.

Published: 29/04/2014PDF File - 166.0 KB

Discussion paper: Are young gay men really so different?

This paper aims to consolidate evidence from diverse fields to consider HIV risk among young gay men, and the effectiveness of efforts to address their sexual health needs. It reviews epidemiological data, social and behavioural research, laws and policy mechanisms, and targeted programmes and services.

Published: 07/04/2014PDF File - 1.8 MB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: men

This briefing paper examines specific HIV-related issues that may affect African men in Australia.

Published: 15/01/2014PDF File - 169.4 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: women

This briefing paper examines specific HIV-related issues that may affect African women in Australia.

Published: 15/01/2014PDF File - 190.2 KB

HIV and sub-Saharan African Communities in Australia: gay men and other MSM

This briefing paper examines specific HIV-related issues that may affect African gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Australia.

Published: 16/10/2013PDF File - 209.6 KB

E-health record snapshot – engagement by people with HIV

A recent trial suggests great interest in the eHealth record among people with HIV.

Published: 11/10/2013PDF File - 327.6 KB

Towards a Communicable Disease Control Framework for Australia

This discussion paper makes some preliminary points regarding the need for caution in contextualising HIV prevention as disease ‘control’, and in developing strategies intended to address issues across disparate communicable diseases.

Published: 23/08/2013PDF File - 457.8 KB

Federal Budget briefing 2013-2014

An overview of budget announcements that may be relevant to people with HIV, including changes to the Medicare Safety Net, new PBS listings, HPV vaccination and funding for mental and dental health.

Published: 15/05/2013PDF File - 470.7 KB
UNPD Briefing Paper

AFAO UNPD Briefing Paper: Migration Health Requirement

This briefing paper on the reform of the Migration Health Requirement to bring Australia in line with international human rights standards and public health best practice summarises key points from Turning Political Will into Action, AFAO's briefing paper implementing the 2011 UN Political Declaration in Australia.

Published: 11/03/2013PDF File - 27.3 KB

Definition of Charity Briefing Paper

This briefing paper outlines the government’s consultation relating to the definition of charity, identifying key issues for the HIV sector.

Published: 29/11/2011PDF File - 476.2 KB

Prosecution of Michael Neal: Appeal Decision

An overview of the prosecution of Michael Neal for knowlingly infecting people with HIV, and analysis of the outcomes of his appeal.

Published: 25/08/2011PDF File - 465.5 KB

Position paper: Call for reform of migration policies

AFAO’s policy position regarding the pressing need for reform of migration policies affecting HIV-positive refugees.

Published: 02/06/2011PDF File - 184.8 KB

Migration law and HIV: Executive Summary

Our discussion paper, Migration Law and HIV: The case for reform of Australian migration law and policy outlines Australia’s migration policies as they affect people living with HIV and makes recommendations for policy reform. This document is the Executive Summary of the discussion paper.

Published: 02/05/2011PDF File - 103.4 KB

Migration Law and HIV: The case for reform of Australian migration law and policy

This discussion paper outlines Australia’s migration policies as they affect people living with HIV and makes recommendations for policy reform.

Published: 02/05/2011PDF File - 147.3 KB

Briefing paper: Disability Care and Support Inquiry

AFAO Briefing on the Productivity Commission's 2011 draft Disability Care and Support inquiry report. The Report describes the current disability support system as underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient ‐ giving people with a disability little choice and no certainty that they will get the support they need.

Published: 05/04/2011PDF File - 162.1 KB

Options for Policy Reform - a law reform advocacy kit

This resource is divided into two parts: a discussion paper outlining the operation and effect of Australian public helath law, criminal law and civil law in relation to HIV-related prosecutions; and an advocacy kit.

Published: 28/02/2011PDF File - 994.2 KB

Results of iPrEX Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Trial

Briefing on the results of a large clinical trial of daily oral dosing of Truvada to prevent acquisition of HIV The results demonstrate that Truvada is effective in reducing sexual acquisition of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published: 06/12/2010PDF File - 254.2 KB

Briefing paper: Rapid HIV Testing (2010)

Rapid HIV tests are not licensed for use as a screening tests at the point of care in Australia. AFAO recently completed a comprehensive policy review in relation to the possible place of rapid HIV testing in Australia. This paper outlines the key findings and recommendations of that review and presents some of the key data considered in the course of the review. Published August 2010

Published: 15/10/2010PDF File - 493.1 KB

Trick or Treat: Antiretroviral Therapy as HIV Prevention

The AFAO-NAPWA Education Team invited a group of authors from the Australian HIV sector to consider the issue of ARV therapy as prevention with a particular focus on recent debates and their application to the Australian context, as well as wider implications. Each of these authors makes an important contribution to this question.

Published: 28/06/2010PDF File - 1.9 MB

Preventative Health Strategy Briefing

In May 2010, the Australian Government released Taking Preventative Action: The Healthiest Country by 2020 outlining the Governments’ policy and funding commitments to preventative health initiatives. This Briefing Paper provides an overview of the rationale informing the review process, the process itself, key reports to date, and the potential impact on HIV, STI and LGBT health promotion, policy and practice.

Published: 20/05/2010PDF File - 76.5 KB

Federal Budget 2010-2011

This paper outlines announcements from the Federal Budget that may have implicatiosn for people living with HIV and the HIV response.

Published: 14/05/2010PDF File - 55.1 KB

Proposed Health and Hospitals Network

AFAO's briefing paper about the Government's proposal to establish The National Health and Hospitals Network. The Government claims that the planned structural reform of Australia’s health system will constitute “the most significant reform to our nation’s health system since the introduction of Medicare”.

Published: 20/04/2010PDF File - 86.2 KB

National Compact and the Report of the Productivity Commission

Comments on the federal government's announcement in April 2008 of its intention to develop a ‘national compact’ with the non-profit sector in April 2008. AFAO made submissions and participated in consultations to represent the interests of its members as part of the consultation process.

Published: 13/04/2010PDF File - 35.7 KB

Male Circumcision & HIV prevention in Australia

Briefing paper on the efficacy of circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy and its relevance to the Australian epidemic. This paper was reviewed on 7 April 2015.

Published: 02/10/2009PDF File - 56.0 KB

Preliminary results of Thai vaccine trial

The results of a large clinical trial of an investigational HIV vaccine regimen, known as “RV144”, were released on 25 September 2009.The results of the study indicate that the trailed vaccine is safe and modestly effective in reducing the risk of acquiring HIV. This is the first human study to show to show a significant reduction in the risk of acquiring HIV in a vaccine candidate trial.

Published: 26/09/2009PDF File - 364.9 KB

Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 National Preventative Health Strategy

In September 2009 the Commonwealth Government released a series of strategies as part of its health reform agenda. The strategies were developed after consultation with state/territory health departments, community organisations, health sector professionals and consumers. AFAO has prepared briefing papers to provide an overview of each strategy.

Published: 24/09/2009PDF File - 361.7 KB

National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy

The National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy (the Strategy) was released by the Government on 14 September 2009. The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide AFAO members with an overview of the Strategy.

Published: 24/09/2009PDF File - 354.5 KB

National Primary Health Care Strategy Briefing Paper

The draft National Primary Health Care Strategy, Building a 21st Century Primary Health Care System , was released on 31 August 2009.The Strategy was developed by the Department of Health and Ageing, with the assistance of an External Reference group of primary health care experts. This Briefing paper provides an overview of the draft Strategy.

Published: 24/09/2009PDF File - 365.2 KB

HALC Briefing Paper on the 2009 Migration Inquiry

Background paper on the operation of Australia's migration health requirement in respect of HIV, prepared by the NSW HIV/AIDS Legal Centre

Published: 18/09/2009PDF File - 97.7 KB

'A Healthier Future for all Australians': Report of the National Health & Hospitals Reform Commission

The final report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission was released on 27 July 2009. The report has been widely anticipated and is expected to have a major influence on the health policy directions of the Rudd Government. This AFAO Briefing paper outlines and comments on the contents of the Report.

Published: 28/07/2009PDF File - 51.3 KB

AFAO Health Promotion Evaluation Audit and Analysis

An evaluation of the first phase of a two phase project run by AFAO and NAPWA in 2009 that aimed to provide training and capacity development initiatives for AFAO/NAPWA member organisations. Compiled by Rob Wilkins and Norman Booker.

Published: 30/06/2009PDF File - 100.6 KB

Responses to Syphilis Outbreaks Among Gay & Other Men who have Sex with Men: Case Studies from the United Kingdom & the United States

ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date. This paper presents summaries of responses to Syphilis outbreaks among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in seven cities in the United Kingdom and the United States. By Dean Murphy and Martin Holt.

Published: 14/05/2009PDF File - 128.8 KB

Criminal Prosecution of HIV transmission: the policy agenda

Criminal prosecutions involving HIV transmission are increasing around the world. Australia has also seen an increase in the number of prosecutions in recent years but to date this issue has received relatively little attention at a national level. The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide information about these prosecutions and potential issues and options for policy makers. Abigail Groves and Sally Cameron

Published: 06/05/2009PDF File - 2.4 MB

A National Sexual & Reproductive Health Strategy?

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Sexual Health & Family Planning Australia (SHaFPA) and the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance (ARHA), advocated to the Australian government in 2008 for the creation of a National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy. They requested AFAO’s endorsement of their proposal. This paper briefly summarises their arguments for the creation of a Strategy as articulated in their background paper titled ‘Time for a National Sexual & Reproductive Health Strategy for Australia’.

Published: 02/04/2009PDF File - 101.8 KB

COAG and the future of HIV funding

Backgrounder on the Rudd government's proposed changes in the ways HIV, Hepatitis C and other public health funding is handled and considerations regarding effective strategies and advocacy initiatives for the HIV sector.

Published: 02/04/2009PDF File - 95.6 KB

The Social Inclusion Agenda

A backgrounder to the social inclusion agenda which identifies issues for AFAO members. Julia Gillard announced Labor’s intention to develop a ‘Social Inclusion Agenda’ in November 2007 and this commitment was re-affirmed at the ACOSS conference in Melbourne in April 2008.

Published: 02/04/2009PDF File - 97.6 KB

Proposed National Compact with NGOs

This briefing paper is a backgrounder to the government’s intention to develop a national ‘compact’ with the non-government sector, announced by Ursula Stephens in April 2008. It includes links to further information.

Published: 02/04/2009PDF File - 97.5 KB

'Rolling the PHOFAS into the AHCAs': COAG reforms to Specific Purpose Payments (‘SPPs’)

AFAo comments on the Rudd government proposals regarding public health funding.

Published: 02/04/2009PDF File - 106.5 KB

HIV/AIDS & Collaborative Social Research: A Discussion Paper

GW Dowsett & MD Davis describe social research methods of co-research (action research and collaborative research), identifying key elements, canvassing their applicability to HIV/AIDS and offering ideas about the future contribution of co-research to HIV/AIDS. AFAO Monograph Series: No.1. Published June 1998.

Published: 04/03/2009PDF File - 168.8 KB

ANET's Gay Men's Relationships Survey: Qualitative Analysis (Dr J Ellard)

This paper reports on the main findings of the qualitative component of an online survey of gay men’s relationships conducted by AFAO 2007-2008. By Dr Jeanne Ellard.

Published: 14/02/2009PDF File - 71.1 KB

ANET's Gay Men's Relationships Survey: Qualitative Analysis (Dr I Zablotska)

This paper reports on the main findings of the qualitative component of an online survey of gay men’s relationships conducted by AFAO 2007-2008. By Dr I Zablotska.

Published: 14/02/2009PDF File - 170.0 KB

HIV Education and Health Promotion Responses to the Swiss Statement

A presentation by Phillip Keen at the ASHM conference, September 2008.

Published: 15/10/2008PDF File - 477.2 KB

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This AFAO Briefing paper gives an overview of the purpose of the UN Convention and the background to Australia's decision to submit an interpretative declaration in relation to the immigration health requirement.

Published: 22/08/2008PDF File - 106.0 KB

A social scientist's reflections on HIV prevention: sexual transmission

Susan Kippax's address to the AFAO HIV Educator's Conference, May 2008

Published: 01/05/2008PDF File - 73.8 KB

HIV Infections Among Gay Men/MSM - 2006 and Beyond

This discussion paper was prepared in 2006 in response to data showing continued rises in HIV notifications among Australian gay men. The purpose of the paper was to generate discussion and critical thinking among the AFAO and NAPWA membership about what factors may be driving the rises and what a proper response to these may entail.

Published: 26/03/2008PDF File - 61.3 KB

National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission

On 25 February 2008, Federal Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. AFAO, member organisations and other public health sector organisations need to be aware of the scope and process of the Commission in order to effectively advocate for an improved HIV response and better focus on issues involving public health.

Published: 28/02/2008PDF File - 98.3 KB

Hepatitis B

ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date. This paper provides a background into the nature and epidemiology of Hepatitis B to assist in further discussion on a Hepatitis B Strategy.

Published: 21/01/2008PDF File - 112.9 KB

Plasma Fractionation Review

In 2006 the Department of Health and Ageing conducted a review of Australia’s plasma fractionation services. This briefing paper provides an overview of Australia’s fractionation arrangements and the purpose of the review, and outline AFAO’s involvement to date. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/09/2007PDF File - 22.7 KB

Gay Men and Blood Donations - Discrimination or Responsible Practice?

This paper sets our why AFAO and other AIDS organisations supported the Australian Red Cross Blood Service 12 month deferral period for blood donations from men who have had sex with men and other groups at higher risk of HIV transmission. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/09/2007PDF File - 11.3 KB

Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Complaint Against the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

In July 2006 the Office of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner decided to refer a complaint of discrimination to the Tribunal. This Briefing paper contains a brief history of the complaint and outlines what will occur at the Tribunal Process as well a summary of AFAO’s response to current developments in the case. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/09/2007PDF File - 23.3 KB

Delta 32 Briefing Paper

This briefing paper was developed in response to advertising in 2006 of a service, which at the time, offered testing for a genetic characteristic which may confer some level of genetic resistance to certain strains of HIV infection. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 12/06/2007PDF File - 245.3 KB

HIV and Hep C in Prisons

People in custodial settings are identified as a priority population in both the National Hepatitis C Strategy and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. This briefing paper provides information about HIV and hepatitis C in Australian prisons, as well as current research and policy issues relating to prisons. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 08/05/2007PDF File - 148.5 KB

The Issue of 'Responsibility' in HIV Education Materials Targeting Gay Men

This discussion paper looks at HIV education materials since the early 1990s to assess assumptions are made about 'responsibility'. That is, what do they assume about the agency (or the power to act) of gay men to prevent HIV transmission? By Dean Murphy & Jeanne Ellard. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/02/2007PDF File - 300.6 KB

Gay Men's Relationship Agreements

This paper sets out to describe the main findings from published research on gay men's relationship agreements, as well as to comment on the approaches taken, and to identify some of the obvious gaps in the literature. By Dean Murphy. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/02/2007PDF File - 44.5 KB

HIV 'Prevention' in the United States: Implications for the Australian Response

In 2005 HIV prevention efforts in the United States were dramatically different to how we might have remembered community-based responses to HIV in the mid-eighties. This paper addresses how in the United States the principles of community empowerment and self determination are being increasingly eroded. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 06/12/2006PDF File - 50.7 KB

Discrimination on Basis of HIV

This briefing paper provides a comparative snapshot of State and Territory laws relating to HIV discrimination. It includes a summary table of the relevant laws. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 29/06/2006PDF File - 36.8 KB

Review of Public Health Funding for HIV/AIDS under the Department of Health & Ageing’s National Public Health Program

This Briefing Paper sets out the key features and aspects of the 2006 independent Review those parts of DoHA's HIV Program which were funded from the ‘National Public Health Program’. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 08/03/2006PDF File - 37.4 KB

STIs Amongst Gay Men: Rethinking the Gay 'Community' Role

How has the HIV sector responded to the challenge of the return of STIs in gay men? We need to consider how the debates over the national structures have been an impediment to us engaging with STIs in a strategic and comprehensive way. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 21/02/2005PDF File - 72.6 KB

Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): A Complex Set of Interactions

This is an initial discussion document attempting to identify the way forward in addressing the sexual health needs of PLWHA and the broader implications of the return of STIs amongst PLWHA. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 21/02/2005PDF File - 60.3 KB

Bill and Ben Go Shopping

his paper aimed to initiate discussion about the educational implications of rapid HIV testing. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 21/02/2005PDF File - 27.0 KB

Rapid Testing for HIV

The scope of this paper is restricted to the introduction of rapid HIV testing at the point of medical care. Its purpose is to briefly document some of the significant reasons to seriously consider an expanded use of rapid HIV testing in medical settings and to identify some of the issues that would need to be addressed should broader rapid HIV testing be implemented. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 21/02/2005PDF File - 40.4 KB

Superinfection with HIV

This paper examines the evidence on superinfection and poses questions about the sort of advice we should be offering in relation to sex between people with HIV. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 05/07/2004PDF File - 42.3 KB

Psychosocial Issues

Part 3 of 3 discussion documents on positive education that scan current education issues for people with HIV in Australia as at 2002. The documents contributed to the development of AFAO's education strategic plan. Part 3 looks at treatment education issues. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 17/09/2003PDF File - 53.2 KB

HIV Antibody Testing

This paper reviews existing research on HIV testing among gay men, summarises existing guidelines on HIV testing; and outlines the reasons for, and meanings of, HIV testing among gay men. By Dean Murphy. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 01/08/2002PDF File - 41.7 KB

Treatment Education Issues

Part 2 of 3 discussion documents on positive education that scan current education issues for people with HIV in Australia as at 2002. The documents contributed to the development of AFAO's education strategic plan. Part 2 examines a number of 'psycho social issues'. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 01/08/2002PDF File - 36.9 KB

Defining the Constituency

Part 1 of 3 discussion documents on positive education that scan current education issues for people with HIV in Australia as at 2002. The documents contributed to the development of AFAO's education strategic plan. Part 1 describes and defines people with HIV in Australia. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 01/08/2002PDF File - 39.7 KB

New HIV test to determine recent seroconversion

Briefing paper on the introduction of the “de-tuned ELISA” or STARHS HIV test. By Dean Murphy. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 25/04/2002PDF File - 14.7 KB

Risk reduction strategies for anal sex with casual partners

Dean Murphy - There is evidence that gay men are increasingly making individual risk assessments in relation to unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with casual partners. This discussion paper draws on recent qualitative and quantitative research on the issue of HIV risk assessment and management by gay men, and the factors that influence this. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 25/04/2002PDF File - 24.7 KB

Gay men and travel: HIV risk behaviours and HIV treatment practices

Dean Murphy - In some Australian states, at least, a significant number of new infections among men who have sex with men are attributed to “contacts” outside that state – either elsewhere in Australia or overseas. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 25/04/2002PDF File - 28.6 KB

Hold Everything! An overview of structured interruptions to HIV therapy

Kirsty Machon. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 25/04/2002PDF File - 24.2 KB

Keeping it safe: maintaining safe sex practices in the light of treatment for HIV

David Murphy - The HIV epidemic in Australia is emerging as one that is quite distinct from almost anywhere else in the world. Some of the distinguishing features of the Australian epidemic are important in discussing the impact of antiviral therapy for HIV on sexual risk behaviour. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 25/04/2002PDF File - 22.9 KB

Professionally Gay: Gay HIV Educators

After 17 years of highly effective gay community intervention and response to the HIV epidemic in Australia, there is a large gay male workforce of educators whose job it is to work with gay and other homosexually active men in education programs. These men work as gay men, for gay men. By David McInnes. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 04/10/2001PDF File - 55.5 KB

A Guide to Best Practice: Occupational Health and Safety for the Australian Sex Industry

This document addresses the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, clarifies the role of bodies such as unions and health departments, and provides comprehensive information on issues from workers compensation to condom storage and handling, to security and safety from violence. A series of Fact Sheets summarise important issues and suggest policies for the workplace - Compiled by David Edler. ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 18/06/2001PDF File - 124.6 KB

Unjust and Counterproductive: the Failure of Governments to Protect Sex Workers from Discrimination

This document is a lobbying tool based on national research conducted with sex workers regarding their experiences of discrimination. It provides arguments for broadening State and Territory anti-discrimination provisions to cover occupational discrimination, overviews the current legal situation across Australia, and identifies strategies for advocacy and activism - written by: Linda Banach (AFAO); Editor: Sue Metzenrath (Scarlet Alliance); ARCHIVED - some information may be out of date

Published: 24/01/2001PDF File - 147.5 KB