If you recently tested HIV positive, there is a lot of support around for you. ACON offers a new diagnosis priority service which gives you access to a trained counsellor within one working day. There are also other counselling services we can refer you to, and your GP can also help with resources in this area.
Sometimes it can help to talk to someone apart from your partner, family, or friends. Being able to bounce ideas and thoughts off someone can help you improve how you feel about yourself and open up new options and choices in your life.
We offer free short-term counselling (between 9 to 12 sessions) for people affected by HIV or wanting support to test and access support services providing you with between 9 and 12 sessions per year. We offer low-cost counselling for LGBTI people for other needs.
For more information or if you’d like to book a counselling session, please fill out the form below and one of our counselling staff members will contact you. We respond to inquiries within two business days. If you have urgent needs please call to speak with someone on 9206 2000.
iPlan is a resource designed to help people living with HIV to become active partners in their health care. It also aims to help people understand and monitor some of the more important health concerns people with HIV may need or choose to explore.
WHO IS IT FOR: Gay men who’ve been diagnosed with HIV within the last two years
This workshop is designed to help you make sense of the range of issues confronting you after diagnosis. It also provides you with an opportunity to meet other guys in the same situation as yourself. This happens in a totally safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Genesis gives you the opportunity to:
- Explore HIV and its impact on your life expectations
- Understand how HIV and your immune system work
- Get an overview of current and future treatments
- Understand HIV and its impact on your health, sex life and relationships
- Work out who to tell about your status and when to tell them
- Plan for the future
- Access services in the community
For full details, upcoming workshops and to make an enquiry, visit www.acon.org.au/genesis.
SHARE YOUR STORY
BE PART OF THE SEROCONVERSION STUDY
This is a study for gay men who have recently been diagnosed with HIV and your story is very important to us.
This survey is vital to research and health care promotion on a national level. Helping us learn about your attitudes, behaviours, and experiences around HIV is an important part of helping us overcome the effects this virus has had on our society, and on the communities in which we live. Our aim is to collect information about your experiences with HIV, both before and after you were diagnosed. Your participation is completely anonymous.
You are invited to take part in the survey, or to be interviewed. You may choose to do the survey, the interview, or you can participate in both.
To take part of the survey or to find out more visit http://www.nchecrsurveys.unsw.edu.au/hivss/study.htm
ORGANISATIONS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU
ACON is NSW’s and Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Office Hours: 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Tel: (02) 9206 2000
Fax: (02) 9206 2069
Freecall: 1800 063 060
Hearing Impaired: (02) 9283 2088
POSITIVE LIFE NSW
Positive Life NSW works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigmatisation and discrimination.
Tel: (02) 9361 6011
Freecall:1800 245 677
Fax: (02) 9360 3504
BOBBY GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION (BGF)
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) Financial Counselling is for all people with HIV, whether you are on a pension or working.
Tel: (02) 9283 8666
Freecall: 1800 651 011
Fax: (02) 9283 8288 or toll 1800 651 012
AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia’s community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO’s work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects.
AIDS TRUST OF AUSTRALIA
The AIDS Trust provides funds for direct financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS through approved community- based organisations in each State and Territory across Australia.
AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF HIV MEDICINE
ASHM is the peak Australasian organization representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and related areas.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AUSTRALIA (NAPWHA)
NAPWHA is the national peak organisation representing people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia. Through leadership in advocacy, policy, education and prevention, NAPWHA strives to minimise the adverse personal and social effects of HIV/AIDS.
THE KIRBY INSTITUTE
The Kirby Institute (formerly the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) is recognized internationally as a research leader in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Also, you’ll find HIV specialist doctors at public hospitals and sexual health clinics. There are also private GPs who are HIV prescribers. Some GPs bulk bill in certain circumstances, most charge a fee.