In 2020, more people than ever are living with HIV ‘hidden in plain sight'.

So-called 'emerging' or 'hard-to-reach' groups of people have been here all along since the beginning of the HIV epidemic including heterosexual people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living with HIV, women living with HIV, refugees, alongside men who have sex with men (MSM).

Today while there is a decline in new HIV diagnoses among Australian-born non-Indigenous gay and bisexual men, there is an increasing diagnoses of HIV amongst Indigenous people and overseas-born men who have sex with men (MSM). Many of these MSM include migrants or refugees from countries that persecute them based on their sexual orientation. MSM in these groups often tend not to publicly align themselves with the western concept of ‘gay' or homosexual man or even ‘queer’ due to cultural or personal reasons.  Indigenous people living with HIV are often deeply closeted due to their cultural environments and the stigma of HIV as are women living with HIV.  These groups are Hidden in Plain Sight.

Throughout 2020, Positive Life is focused on the theme of ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ which includes people living with HIV who are Indigenous, women living with HIV, trans and gender diverse individuals living with HIV and MSM from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Hidden In Plain Sight Flyer
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