What it's like to live with HIV in a time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Share your stories, experience and opinion pieces in Talkabout!

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What's it like living with HIV in a time of the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?! Talkabout Online edition #194 welcomes your stories, experiences or opinion pieces.

To minimise the health risks of COVID-19, we have seen travel bans imposed, the mandatory closure of non-essential services, lockdown restrictions and especially the introduction of physical distancing. In NSW, we’ve quickly pivoted to remote work arrangements and maintaining ‘no contact’ as we interpret new ways of engaging and interacting with each other socially and professionally.

We invite you to share what it’s been like for you to experience these unprecedented changes while making health and other life decisions in the light of COVID-19, including managing your mental and physical health, economic and social impacts, as well as broader impacts such as climate change, and how our society might change as a result of these.

Some of these topics to write to include but not limited to are:

  • Does living with HIV shape the way you plan or make decisions about your health in the light of COVID-19? Has life changed that much for you? What does your world look like? Is it business-as-usual or a new normal?
  • If you’ve tested for COVID-19 with a positive or negative result, how has that affected your physical and emotional outlook and understanding of what the Coronavirus epidemic means for you?
  • If you’re older or living with other underlying health conditions, like diabetes, a heart condition or in the midst of chemotherapy, please share with us your thoughts and experiences about how COVID-19 is impacting you.
  • What strategies and tips are you using to manage stress or anxiety in this time? Do you have useful tips for others? What do you do to maintain a balanced outlook and look after yourself emotionally and/or mentally?
  • Epidemics can emphasise or exacerbate inequality in our society particularly around marginalised groups of people such as those with disability, chronic health conditions, people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women or older people. If you share these concerns, how does this impact you and/or your loved ones, friends and family?

If you're uncomfortable using your own name, you can write using a pseudonym (a fictitious name) instead. We can also edit your story so any identifying details are changed.

All articles accepted by the Editorial Advisory Group for publication are eligible for a $40 Woolworths voucher. Articles must be between 500-800 words and written by a person living with HIV or directly impacted by HIV in some form. Decisions by the Editorial Advisory Group is final.

Deadline: 5pm Thursday 28 May 2020

If you’re living with HIV and want to share your thoughts, but have no time to write, call Craig on (02) 9206-2177, 1800 245 677 (freecall outside metro) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can assist with writing it up for you, subject to your approval.


Talkabout Online is an electronic NSW-based magazine where people living with HIV (PLHIV) speak for ourselves. Talkabout Online is committed to representing the diversity of PLHIV populations in NSW and includes a readership of people with an interest in HIV.

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