National Day of Women Living with HIV to be marked with morning tea at the AIDS Action Council

National Day of Women Living with HIV

The National Day of Women Living with HIV is marked annually on March 9 and this year the AIDS Action Council will be hosting a morning tea on the verandah of their offices.

The National Day was launched in 2016 by the Femfatales, the National Network of Women Living with HIV to increase the visibility of women living with HIV and start important conversations about HIV prevention for women.

The Kirby Institute’s 2016 Annual Surveillance Report estimates that 25,313 people were living with HIV in Australia at the end of 2015. Women make up roughly 10% of this figure. Most women living with HIV acquire the virus via heterosexual sex and are often diagnosed in the late stages of HIV, when the virus has already had a significant impact on the body.

AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss said “The Council is here to support everyone living with or impacted by HIV. We want to make a space for the voices of women living with HIV, to hear their stories and celebrate their lives.

“This day also serves as a reminder that while the numbers of women in Canberra living with HIV is relatively low, we must not become complacent and allow the assumption that women are not at risk of contracting the virus. Our conversations about testing, prevention and treatment must actively include women”

All are welcome to the Council’s morning tea on Thursday March 9 from 10am, at our offices at Havelock House.

The ACT AIDS Action Council is a not-for-profit community organisation that works to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma. To learn more visit www.aidsaction.org.au or www.facebook.com/AIDSactionACT or call us on 6257 2855.

Contact: Philippa Moss 6257 2855/0418 191 967/philippa.moss@aidsaction.org.au

Date: 7/3/2017

An AIDS Action Council fundraising trivia evening

What? An AIDS Action Council fundraising trivia evening

When? Saturday 25 February, 7pm – 10pm

Where? The White Eagle Polish Club, 38 David Street Turner

It is time to brush up of those titbits of information and come along to the AIDS Action Council Fundraising Trivia night. Whether you are brand new to trivia or an old hat, there is plenty of fun to be had and exciting prizes to be won.

Get together your table of 8 or come along solo and we'll set you up with a team. If you are purchasing a solo ticket but want to be seated with another solo ticket holder, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know.

Bar service is available at the Polish Club. You are welcome to bring along your own snacks, purchase food from the venue or pre purchase a generous cheese platter.

Stay tuned for more information about our fantastic raffle to be drawn on the night!

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AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss said the 2016 World AIDS Day celebrations in Canberra will culminate with the National Carillion and the Kings Avenue Overpass lighting up in red to remind us all that HIV and AIDS is still relevant today.

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It is particularly exciting to be looking forward at this time given the extraordinary developments in the prevention and management of HIV in our community, and that we are now planning for a future where there are virtually no new HIV transmissions in our community.

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The AIDS Action Council is a unique workplace. If anyone ever gets the opportunity to work at the Council, I cannot recommend it enough.

However, after more than eight amazing years I have decided it is time for new challenges and new adventures.

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