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#24 October 2012
This is an archived copy of a Positive Life NSW newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, click here.
Sometimes Helping Hurts
Tree of Hope is hosting a Reflection Gathering for people who provide support to someone with HIV.
The gathering will be facilitated by Veronica McCluskie and will explore what people can do to take care of themselves so as to be able to provide support to others.
If you would like to join in this conversation, please call Marg on 02 8306 2320 or email email@example.com Please feel free to pass this invitation on to a support person or family member who may be interested in attending.
Can you spare 5-10 minutes to do an online survey about a recent HIV treatments campaign?
One of Positive Life NSW’s partner organisations is seeking people to help evaluate their recent campaign.
The survey is confidential and anonymous, and is being undertaken by an independent evaluator. Your responses will help in assessing the impact of this campaign and provide useful input into the development of future campaigns.
To take part in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/NapwaSurveyMembers
More than 90% of anal cancers are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). Anal cancer is not common, but rates are increasing around the world and are 20 times higher in gay men than other men. In HIV positive gay men the risk is even higher. Some researchers have advocated for an anal cancer screening program among people at high risk, similar to the cervical cancer “Pap” test screening, but at present we don’t have the evidence to say this would be beneficial.
SPANC aims to provide some of this evidence. It is an ongoing Sydney-based study examining anal HPV and abnormal anal lesions associated with HPV infection. The SPANC team is trying to work out who is more likely to develop anal cancer and why. The study aims to recruit around 500 gay men aged over 35 years, both HIV negative and positive. There are five visits over three years, where participants have an anal examination, anal swab and a procedure called a high resolution anoscopy. There are detailed questionnaires before and after each visit. Recruitment began in November 2010 and will cease in April 2013.
Thus far, over 260 men have enrolled into the study. The last SPANC participants will complete the study in early 2016. For more information or to register for the study visit www.spanc.org.au
Positive Life NSW is hosting a dinner forum with Vanessa Wagner for guys in or thinking about a pos-neg relationship.
Looking after each other in pos-neg relationships includes everything from communication to condoms. The dinner forum will cover topics like disclosure, starting and maintaining a relationship, intimacy and romance, relationship agreements, communication tips, condoms, managing HIV risk, STI awareness, viral load, ‘treatment as prevention’, keeping your relationship hot and more.
Talk, learn, meet and connect with others and have fun with the fabulous Vanessa Wagner.
Event Details: Monday 12 November 6.30pm -9.30pm Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon, 35 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Cost: FREE – places are limited so RSVP early.
RSVP: by Friday 9 November to Kathy on 9206 2176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The dinner forum is supported by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
Poshet, the heterosexual HIV service for NSW will be holding their Spring Workshop on Saturday 10 November 2012. Come learn, come share, bring your partners, your concerns and your success stories to discuss living with HIV: health, treatments, sex, kids, disclosure and more..
There will be positive people on the panel alongside Dr Virginia Furner and Social Worker Angela Miller.
There will be Men’s, Women’s and Partner’s groups
Morning tea and lunch will be provided Accommodation Scholarships are available for Regional Pozhets!
For more information or to register for the workshop please call 1800 812 404 or visit www.pozhet.org.au
Positive Outlook, an online self-management tool for men living with HIV in Australia is seeking volunteers to evaluate the program.
Participants will be asked to log onto the program for 90 minutes a week and complete modules, activities and contribute to various discussion boards. The program focuses on the management of physical, social and emotional aspects of living with HIV. Participation is completely voluntary and you can remain anonymous.
To be eligible you must be over 18 years of age, identify as gay or MSM (men who have sex with men), be able to read and speak English, have basic computer skills with access to a computer with internet access once a week for 90 mins and can commit to the program for 7 weeks.|
For more information please have a look at our website: www.positiveoutlook.org.au
Alternatively, contact Tanya Millard on 0421 049 706.
Community Action on Hepatitis C
Hepatitis NSW has launched a pioneering, community advocacy project called C me which recruits, trains, connects and supports people living with hepatitis C to make a difference in their local community.
C me is looking for Community Advocate volunteers to champion the project across the state in all Local Health Districts. We’re offering free training on all the issues around hep C including: challenging stigma and discrimination; living with the virus; who’s who in the health sector as well as training in effective campaigning skills; effecting change; and media speaking.
If you are co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV this project is for you. If you are enthusiastic and capable, and are willing to be trained up to help deliver the C me project in your community, please get in touch.
For more information or to register interest in the project please contact David Pieper on 02 93321853 or email email@example.com or call.
HIV positive Aboriginal people living in NSW (and a plus one) are invited to join the Ngalawi Djardi ‘Sit and Yarn' Aboriginal Health Retreat from Friday 30 November until Monday 3 December 2012.
The Retreat will be staffed by an Aboriginal facilitator who is living with HIV, two counsellors and Aboriginal Project staff to assist you in having a great time.
The retreat aims to support holistic health - physically, mentally and spiritually - by providing:
• Culturally appropriate respite
• Relaxation and recreational activities
• An opportunity to connect and share information with others living with HIV/AIDS
• Access to professional workers, treatments and other support services
The retreat is particularly valuable for those living in rural and regional areas who may not have regular access to HIV support services in their areas.All aspects of the retreat are conducted in the strictest confidentiality and the privacy of all participants is respected.
Registrations for the retreat close on Friday 16 November. For more information or to register, please email Meggan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 063 069.
Positive Life NSW will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28th November , 2012.
The meeting will be held at Level 3, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills and will commence at 6.00pm
Please RSVP to Harry at email@example.com if you are planning on attending.