HIV Australia 2012

Summary of articles published in 2012.


Women and HIV: Behind the data

This edition of HIV Australia unpacks figures and facts pertaining to the HIV epidemic among women, both in Australia and internationally.


HIV and the social media revolution

In this edition of HIV Australia, authors reflect on the impact of social media and other digital technologies on responses to HIV. Contributors discuss how health promotion and health management systems are adapting to changing digital environments and the increasing socialisation of the web.


Regional feature: Forgotten Voices – listening to HIV-negative partners in serodiscordant relationships in Vietnam

In 2009, UNAIDS estimated that more than 90% of the 1.7 million women living with HIV in Asia had been infected by their husbands or partners while in long-term relationships.

Down An’ Dirty: an online resource for sexually adventurous men (SAM)

James May explores an HIV prevention initiative of the Sexually Adventurous Men’s (SAM) project in Victoria.

Let’s talk about it! A new website for gay men

Ben Wilcock profiles a new interactive website that encourages gay men to communicate more openly within relationships.

Raising HPV and anal dysplasia awareness: how we used a ‘first booty’ narrative to touch hearts and minds

Mark Hubbard outlines how first-person narratives can deliver health promotion messages to gay men in an culturally appropriate way.

Standing up and finding my voice through Positive Digital Storytelling

Sonja Vivienne discusses challenges associated self-representation and digital media, outlining how privacy and other issues were navigated by a group of HIV-positive people participating in a digital storytelling project in South Australia.

Positive speaking: The Changing Voices project

Simon Donohoe and Ben Tart discuss an interactive campaign that aims to address HIV-related stigma that exists in both online and offline environments.

Fear Less Live More: dealing with HIV stigma and discrimination online

Simon Donohoe and Ben Tart discuss an interactive campaign that aims to address HIV-related stigma that exists in both online and offline environments.

Results from the Stigma Audit: a survey on HIV stigma in Australia

Sean Slavin summarises findings of an online survey examining the experience of HIV-related stigma in Australia.

Government 2.0

Jason Appleby traces a cultural shift that is occurring as governments adapt to new modes of communication.

Everything you need to know about Australia’s e-health records

Michael Frommer investigates Australia’s imminent electronic health record system, discussing consumer controls for protecting health data.

Electronic health records: taking control of your e-health future

Michael Frommer investigates Australia’s imminent electronic health record system, discussing consumer controls for protecting health data.

Linked in: connecting data to enhance research

Dean Murphy considers the benefits and challenges associated with data linage of health record information.

The state of social media use in non-profits in Australia

Bianca Wirth provides a preview of new research that surveyed almost 600 Australian non-profit organisations about their use of social media; 65% of the organisations examined were health and human services based. The survey report aims to generate a reflection of how non-profits are using social media specific to the Australian context.

Facebook, gay men and HIV prevention: the new ménage a trois?

Yves Calmette looks at the emergent power of Facebook to reach and (re)engage with gay men.

How social media strategy can help plan, run and evaluate health promotion

This article by Lyndal Cairns details the way social media is used at Healthy Communities in Queensland and the importance of strategy in reaching our goals of HIV prevention.

HIV Australia Vol 10 No 1 Other News

Links to other news and resources

This cut is about politics, not public health

Writing in response to QAHC defunding, DANIEL REEDERS discusses the role of community in effective HIV health promotion.

De-funding Healthy Communities: a backwards step

Rob Lake argues that the Queensland Government’s decision to scrap funding to Healthy Communities is wrong.

Resolution on the breakdown of the Queensland HIV Partnership Response

At the National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference, held in Sydney 28-30 May, a resolution was unanimously passed by conference delegates regarding the Queensland government’s intention to strip LGBT health organisation Healthy Communities of its funding.

Treatment as prevention – Festina Lente (hasten slowly)

SEAN SLAVIN says that population health benefit should not eclipse the needs of individuals when considering treatment as prevention


HIV in regional, remote and rural Australia.

This edition of HIV Australia examines key issues for people living with HIV in regional, rural and remote communities.

Images in this edition are taken by photographers who live and work in regional and rural areas. The cover photo is by Panos Couros, Care and Support Coordinator at NTAHC in the Northern Territory.

This will be the final edition of HIV Australia for 2012. From next year, HIV Australia will be published three times per year. Contact for comments, feedback and submission ideas.


Book review: Movement, Knowledge, Emotion: Gay Activism and HIV/AIDS in Australia

Australia’s public health response to HIV is often cited as one of the world’s most successful. This history of this response is also well-documented, with Neal Blewett, Minister for Health in the Hawke government, usually credited with introducing the innovative approach of involving communities affected by HIV. Harm minimisation and the ‘partnership’ approach to public health prevented what could have been many more deaths.

Regional Feature: The GWL-INA: the formation of a national network of gay men, transgender and MSM in Indonesia

SALINA ABIGAIL traces the development of community involvement in Indonesia’s HIV response.

Infiltrating the mainstream: the Queensland experience

Chris Howard and Karen Porter discuss Positive Direction’s approach to service provision and the importance of engaging mainstream services

In regional NSW, slight cover from the harsh glare of Open Justice

Iain Stewart Brady canvasses issues surrounding a legal case in regional NSW involving HIV.

They’re the ones that have a problem: living with HIV in a remote community

David lives and works in a remote town of the Northern Territory, where he has been based for many years. He has been living with HIV since 1985, and commenced antiretroviral treatment earlier this year with the support of two interstate doctors: one based in Sydney (who he has been seeing for over 20 years) and one in Melbourne. David got in touch with HIV Australia to share his story about his experiences of living with HIV in a remote community.

Making connections: investigation of an online counselling service for gay and same-sex attracted men in South Australia

BEN YI and ROB WILLOUGHBY evaluate the benefits of delivering counselling services online as a way to overcome barriers to access in rural areas.

Telehealth in general practice: providing alternative access options for people in regional, rural and remote areas

JOANNE HEREWARD looks at the benefits of telehealth and reports on the rollout of a new national initiative.

Developing regional responses to HIV in the era of combination prevention

DERMOT RYAN compares HIV prevention needs and risk indicators among gay men in urban and rural areas,finding more similarities than differences.

HIV Rural Road Show 2012: issues of disclosure in rural and regional New South Wales

LANCE FEENEY and MELISSA WOODROFFE summarise concerns raised by local community members at a series of HIV treatment forums.

Our Country Practice: effective service delivery with people living with HIV in rural areas

SUZI QUIXLEY profiles a weekend retreat for HIV-positive people in South Australia, highlighting key insights learnt along the way.

Unique Territory: an overview of the HIV epidemic in the Northern Territory

PANOS COUROS1 examines current and emerging challenges in providing HIV services to some of Australia’s most diverse communities.

Staying in: a postcard from Shepparton

ABIGAIL GROVES discusses life in a regional town for people who are gay or HIV-positive

Targeting rural inequities: current priorities for rural health

PENNY HANLEY and HELEN HOPKINS outline key health and wellbeing issues for people in regional and rural areas.

It’s time for a new approach to HIV prevention

JENNIFER POWER critiques the return of the Grim Reaper in a new Queensland Government campaign, ‘Let’s End HIV’

Mandatory testing for HIV and STIs among sex workers: a barrier to prevention

ELENA JEFFREYS, JANELLE FAWKES and ZAHRA STARDUST call for an end to mandatory testing among sex workers, comparing outcomes in Australian jurisdictions with and without this practice in place.

Towards the finish line? Trial of needle and syringe and program announced for ACT prison

FINN O’KEEFE1 reports on the overdue announcement of a needle and syringe trial at the AMC prison in Canberra, but finds there is more work to be done.