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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR THE LEAD UP TO COMMEMORATE WORLD AIDS DAY (1/12/20) – HIV EDUCATION ONLINE EVENT

U=U IS YOUR STORY TOO  -   WEBINAR FOR WOMEN

Thursday, 26 November 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm AEDT 

 

Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA ¾ For the lead up to World AIDS Day (1/12/2020) commemorations, an Australian-first webinar led by women living with HIV will dispel outdated myths, highlighting the message that successful HIV treatment eliminates the risk of transmission of HIV to sexual partners. 

 

Known in shorthand as Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U, this webinar introduces audiences to more than 20 years of scientific evidence that underpins this message of hope and liberation, confirming that when antiretroviral treatment is used, and levels of HIV cannot be detected in blood, HIV is not transmitted during sexual contact or to a baby during pregnancy and childbirth. There is also growing evidence that supports mothers with HIV with an undetectable viral load and with healthcare support can also breastfeed their baby.

 

In this ground breaking webinar, a panel of women living with HIV are joined by a leading Australian infectious diseases physician, to share stories and knowledge about how this fact has transformed their lives, discussing issues around motherhood, sex, and relationships.

 

Webinar facilitator Sarah Feagan has a powerful personal story and in-depth knowledge of how U=U challenges stigma. Guest speaker and panellist is Jessica Whitbread from Canada, who is an international HIV advocate for the U=U message. Michelle Tobin, HIV advocate and Aboriginal Health Program Officer with Positive Life NSW and chair of Anwernekenhe HIV Alliance, And Jackie Roberts, an advocate for ending HIV stigma and a former board director with Positive Women Victoria will also share what U=U has meant to her life. 

 

Associate Professor Edwina Wright specialises in HIV Medicine and HIV Clinical Research, and will join the panel to answer webinar participants’ questions about the science that confirms the U=U message.

 

Positive Women Victoria Executive Officer Dr Kirsty Machon said the U=U Is Your Story Too Webinar For Women is a wonderful opportunity to share the optimism around the U=U message, and show how far we have come in ending HIV stigma in 2020, nearly 40 years since the HIV pandemic was proclaimed in 1981. 

 

‘The message of U=U is powerful,” she says. ‘It’s a message of hope for women who live with HIV, and needs to be shared. We have a long way to go to end stigma, but it starts with getting the facts out there.’

 

Positive Women Victoria Chair, Georgina Whitchurch, said World AIDS Day was an important opportunity to start the education process. ‘Knowledge of U=U dispels the myths and stereotypes that have for too long driven stigma against people with HIV,’ she says. ‘With this webinar, which will continue to be available for viewing, we hope a wider audience will walk away feeling informed and educated.’

 

U=U Is Your Story Too Webinar for Women

Date & Time: Thursday, 26 November 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm AEDT

REGISTER NOW

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tMG81Nk3TFK01yAnZbaQgw

 

For more details: www.positivewomen.org.au/news-and-updates/

If you miss this webinar, the recording can be viewed at: www.positivewomen.org.au/tell-the-story/watch/

For information on accurate and sensitive reporting on women living with HIV please read the 

Women and HIV Media Guide   https://positivewomen.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/PWV_MediaGuide_FINAL.pdf

CONTACT:

Dr Kirsty Machon       Executive Officer, Positive Women Victoria      Ph: 0478 827 217

Heather Ellis               Peer Project Leader, Positive Women Victoria   Ph: 0425 720 193

For more information about Positive Women Victoria visit: www.positivewomen.org.au

 

 

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Positive Women Victoria provides peer support, information and advocacy for women who are living with HIV.

For over 30 years, Positive Women Victoria has responded to the changing needs of women living with HIV; recognising the impact gender has on the way women, femmes, cis women, and trans women experience HIV and addressing the specific needs and emerging issues that affect these women.

Positive Women Victoria is funded by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services to provide health promotion to women in Victoria who are living with HIV.


Dr Kirsty Machon - Executive Officer, Positive Women Victoria
P: 0478827217
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An Australian-first webinar led by women living with HIV will dispel outdated myths, highlighting the message that successful HIV treatment eliminates the risk of transmission of HIV to sexual partners.

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