Recently Diagnosed With HIV
Have you been recently diagnosed with HIV? Figuring out what to do next might all seem a bit overwhelming.
When it comes to considering HIV treatment options, connecting with support networks, finding a doctor you trust and accessing helpful resources, we want you to confidently take charge and be completely informed.
Here are some services and resources to give the support and guidance you need.
New HIV Diagnosis Service
At ACON, we care about your health and wellbeing and we offer a new diagnosis priority service which gives you access to a trained counsellor within one working day. You can get in touch with a counsellor here.
The Genesis workshop is for gay men who’ve been diagnosed with HIV within the last two years and is designed to help you make sense of the range of issues you experience you after diagnosis. It also provides you with an opportunity to meet other guys in the same situation as yourself. The workshop 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.
Join the RISE Study
Developed by the Kirby Institute – a national leader in HIV research – the RISE Study aims to explore people’s experiences of being diagnosed with HIV and the changes in their lives following diagnosis.
Everyone’s journey is unique, and by joining the study, your experience could help shape and develop HIV support services for the future. Learn more about the RISE Study and register your interest here.
iPlan Plus 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. Find out more here.
ASHM Antiretroviral Guidelines
Visit ASHM’s Antiretroviral Guidelines for more information on undetectable, condoms, TasP, and treatment goals.
ORGANISATIONS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU
ACON is NSW’s and Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
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)
AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF AIDS ORGANISATIONS (AFAO)
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.
AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR HIV, VIRAL HEPATITIS AND SEXUAL HEALTH MEDICINE (ASHM)
ASHM is the peak Australasian organisation 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 recognised internationally as a research leader in the field of HIV.