"Five long years into the epidemic. We could have given in. But we haven't...and we won't/ The Gay Community deserves congratulations for showing the way in the fight against Aids. Out loving, out living, out lasting. Out loving: Safely. Most men are doing safe sex most of the time - and feeling better about it. New HIV infections among gay men have declined dramatically. Most men most of the time is not good enough though. We must make it all men all of the time. Caringly. Over 500 volunteers have been trained by Community Support Network and Ankali. Over 50,000 hours of care and support. Over $5,000,000 of unpaid labour and saved hospital costs. Out living: Proudly. We could have given in to depression, and withdrawn to invisibility. We chose not to. We are organizing. Proudly with HIV. Many of us with HIV are choosing not to sit back and take life as it comes. Choosing instead to learn as much as we can about this infection, how to monitor and improve our health, how to avoid stress, how to find and share support with others. Organizing Living Well conferences. Organizing Day Centres for People Living with Aids. Organizing Quilt Projects to remember our friends. Out Lasting: From the outset our critics trumpeted our impending collapse. Initially we were uncertain. No other group in the Australian community had suffered so drastically from both a specific disease itself and the stigmatization and phobias it allows to flow forth. But we fought back. Our community is growing both stronger and more diverse. We will out-last this vile virus. And we will out-last those who use it against us. A message of support and congratulations to the gay men of Australia from the Aids Council of NSW."On verso: "You can get it from giving it! Just because you're the one fucking, doesn't mean you're safe. During anal intercourse the Aids virus can enter your body through the tip of your penis. And you don't even need to have any open wounds. The wall of the rectum is lined with cells which, in people with HIV infection, can contain the virus. It's quite easy for the virus to enter through your penis. So don't risk it. Ever. Always put on a condom before you have anal intercourse. And use plenty of water-based lub. Do it in a condom.People Living with Aids (NSW) announce: Living Well 2 Conference. A 2-day conference for People Living With Aids, their friends, carers, family. Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th, 1989. Sydney Institute of Education Auditorium. Conference Aims: Provide a forum for discussion of common issues and problems. Discuss strategies to address issues and problems. Provide up-to-date information on Aids issues. To assist the development and extension of support networks. To discuss formal structures for People Living With Aids (NSW) to ensure effective pressure for response to our needs. Conference structure: The conference will consist of special interest workshops and several plenary sessions. Workshops currently scheduled include: Current drug treatments; Alternative therapies and treatments; Relaxation; Diet; Nutrition; Stress management; Care services; Empowering People Living with Aids; Aids and your rights; HIV positive Women; Partners of People Living With Aids; Parents/families of People Living with Aids. We are keen to hear from people: interested in facilitating one of these workshops or writing a brief discussion paper or suggestions for other workshops. Please contact the Conference Organizers through Terry Giblett at ACON (02) 211 0499. Who would we like to see there? Everyone and anyone affected by HIV infection. (This conference is organized by People Living With Aids (NSW) with the assistance of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Association and the Aids Council of NSW). The Quilt Twin City Tour. The Quilt Project will be displayed at the Melbourne Mid Summa Festival in late January and at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in mid February. Panels for this display are required by 15 January 1989."
Group of people with a large pink triangle. On verso, information about a conference.
AIDS Education Collection
AIDS (Disease)--Patients--CareAIDS phobiaComputersEpidemicsGay menHappinessHIV-positive personsRespectSafe sex in AIDS prevention
AIDS Council of NSW (ACON)
New South Wales, Australia
43.0cm x 57.0cm
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