Media guide

Reporting HIV in Australia: Information for Journalists 2011

Reporting HIV in Australia: A guide for journalists

HIV is a story of critical importance. All audiences deserve full, accurate and intelligent coverage of HIV and the media has a significant role to play.

Effective reporting requires being well informed about HIV and its social and medical implications. It can also challenge myths and misinformation about HIV. Though many consider HIV irrelevant to their lives, it affects all sections of society.

Strong media output can better inform the Australian population about the risk of HIV transmission and the realities of living with the virus, while inaccurate or inappropriate reporting can undermine HIV prevention efforts and stigmatise people living with HIV. Journalists can assist in preventing HIV by doing their utmost to report stories involving HIV with objectivity, care and attention to detail.

Reporting HIV in Australia: Information for Journalists includes a language guide, facts about HIV and AIDS, backgrounders to the epidemic in Australia and globally, information about transmission, testing, treatment, prevention and legal regulation, as well as a guide to principles for reporting on HIV and AIDS.

The book is the fourth revised edition of a booklet originally published as the HIV/AIDS Media Guide. It was published on 16 September 2011. 

Download 'Reporting HIV in Australia' (PDF, 1MB)

4th edition, 2011. Written by Sally Cameron. Edited by Linda Forbes.

© Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)

The HIV media guide is now also available as an online resource at

For the latest Australian HIV data see:
HIV statistics in Australia





This page was published on 12 January, 2011

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