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World AIDS Day

Wednesday 30th November / presented by Chris Mason Andy Snelling

World AIDS Day 2016

Today is World AIDS Day – and an opportunity for us to take notice and be aware of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and to reflect and remember the effects it has on people's lives.

It’s also time to acknowledge that HIV is still a major issue we need to have a conversation about.

This brings us to the World AIDS Day theme for this year; HIV is still here – and it's on the move.

However, this comes about as testing begins on a new vaccine being hailed as a potential “final nail in the coffin” for HIV and AIDS, and may eventually lead to a cure for the disease.

The WA AIDS Council CEO Andrew Burry joined Chris Mason on The Mag to talk about where we're at with HIV and AIDS on a local and global scale.

Living With AIDS in 2016

Monday November 21st found the crew of All Things Queer reporting on World AIDS Awareness Week and the WA AIDS Councils role to improve the lives of those living with AIDS and HIV.
There were 20 new HIV infections a week in 2015 and the council is not just working towards limiting rates of transmission but eliminating them entirely.
WA AIDS Council HIV Positive Peer Education Officer Adam Ehm talked to All Thing Queer about what it means living with AIDS in 2016.

Social Media Usage in AIDS Awareness and Prevention

On Wednesday November 23rd The Mag had a closer look into the issue.
With encouraging news about infection rates, there is still a need for a conversation about the effects of AIDS and HIV in 2016, and in such a changing media landscape, getting a health promotion message across to the community offers brand new challenges.
To remain relevant the WA AIDS Council is utilizing social media platforms and refining their message for a modern audience and the WA AIDS Council’s Matt Ranford spoke to The Mag about how this conversation is being had.

The Effects of AIDS on Ageing

The following day, November 24th, The Mag looked into the effects of AIDS and how it relates to ageing.
Significant advances in HIV research have resulted in the development of treatments that enable people living with it to manage the condition more effectively than in the past, where AIDS was once considered a death sentence.
Thankfully in 2016, people living with HIV can now live longer and fuller lives though this presents new concerns as they face all the challenges of ageing, while living with AIDS.
The WA AIDS Council’s Clinical Services Manager Lisa Tomney about how this issue is being addressed

Aids Awareness and How to Reach Zero Transmissions

Monday November 28th saw All Things Queer talking to the WA AIDS Council about their aims to decrease AIDS transmission rates.
In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on Thursday, the WA AIDS Council is launching a billboard campaign in the hope of raising awareness and aiming for zero new transmissions.
CEO Andrew Burry joined All Things Queer to discuss the campaign and what’s happening with HIV and AIDS in WA.

Leavers, AIDS and KISS

on Tuesday November 29 The Mag how WA Health and WA AIDS Council are encouraging young people who travel to leavers celebrations to have safe sex.
The AIDS Council’s Keep It Safe in Summer program or KISS is reaching out to young people on leavers, offering them a safe space with the hope of engaging and informing them on the risks of unprotected sex.
WA AIDS Council Gay Men’s Outreach Officer & KISS Program Volunteer Matt Bacon joined The Mag to discuss the program.

Pride and The Role of World AIDS Day

Wednesday November 30th, the eve of World AIDS day, the WA AIDS Council is hosting a special screening at The Piazza in Northbridge.
It’s a film called Pride which shows the true story of two, very different, communities who come together to defend the same cause.
Before the film, speakers will explore the role of World AIDS Day and the effect of HIV in today’s society.
The WA AIDS Council’s Mark Reid spoke with The Mag to discuss this event.

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