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A message from PWV and LPV on COVID-19

Posted on 29th of March 2020

COVID-19 is changing the way we interact with you. Positive Women Victoria has teamed up with Living Positive Victoria to release a message to our PLHIV communities during this challenging time.   Latest news and updates about COVID-19 The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and you can find the latest updated advice on as issued…

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COVID-19 update for People Living with HIV

Posted on 17th of March 2020

Thorne Harbour Health, Living Positive Victoria, and Positive Women Victoria are encouraging people living with HIV (PLHIV) to take additional precautions in the face of the changing landscape around 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All three organisations want to ensure the ongoing health and wellbeing of all PLHIV. This means minimising the risk of exposure to…

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Positive Women Victoria welcomes new Chair, Georgina Whitchurch

Posted on 25th of February 2020

Positive Women Victoria is delighted to introduce the organisation’s new Board Chair, Georgina Whitchurch. Georgina was elected following a decision by Heather Ellis to step down from the Board after more than three years of service, and almost two in the role of Chair. “After much deliberation, I decided to step down to pursue opportunity…

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U and Me Can Stop HIV

Posted on 25th of February 2020

We had a surprise visit from Sexual Health & BBV Coordinator, Anne Roseman, who works at Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc. Anne put us onto some fresh new sexual health videos made by Young Deadly Free. Make yourself a cuppa and take a look at their short animated vid! 🖤💛❤️

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Living HIV positive

Posted on 18th of February 2020

Living with HIV for 25 years, Heather Ellis knows all too well about the stigma and shame that accompanies the diagnosis, particularly for a woman. It’s something that as the chair of Positive Women Victoria, she’s fighting to stamp out. She’s this week’s Changemaker. When Ellis was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 it was a…

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Stories from Women

The Cheeseburger

Posted on 23rd of January 2020

A story on motherhood, written by PWV member, Brittney*. It’s the late 1990s. I’m ten years old, in the car with Mum. But this isn’t an ordinary trip. She’s driving fast—faster than usual. She’s uttering four-letter words under her breath at each red light and I listen, fascinated by this sudden novelty, the staccato rhythm…

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What is U=U?

Posted on 6th of January 2020

The evidence is now very clear that if you are taking effective antiviral treatment, and have achieved an undetectable viral load for six months or longer, you cannot transmit HIV to your sexual partners. In the simplest terms, an “undetectable viral load” means HIV treatments have effectively reduced HIV to such low levels that it…

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Farewell Anne Phelan OAM

Posted on 9th of December 2019

Vale Annie Phelan, the highly awarded actor and passionate activist for social justice (1948 – 2019). Annie became our Patron in 2000, marking a key era for Positive Women Victoria (PWV). With our CEO at the time, Stephanie Moore, PWV was committed to using our faces and voices to educate the community, and to fight…

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Fitted for Work

Posted on 12th of August 2019

We caught up with Jackie Roberts — one of the Referral Officers at Fitted for Work’s offices in Melbourne. They are the first organisation of its kind in Australia with a mission to help women experiencing disadvantage get work, keep work and navigate their world of work. Jackie explains how economic independence can empower women….

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Timeless on the Silk Road

Posted on 19th of July 2019

Kirsty Machon, PWV EO, reviews one woman’s odyssey from London to Hanoi. There is a striking photograph in Heather Ellis’ book, Timeless on the Silk Road, that poetically captures all the themes that run through this powerful story. The scene is of mountain grasses and flowers, rocks, breathtaking chasms and storm clouds in a grey-blue…

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Peer Support

U=U: Is it a key to ending stigma?

Posted on 19th of June 2019

Peer Support worker, Melissa Iddles, talks about the wonderfully positive message in U=U that women living with HIV can have intimate relationships without any fear of passing on the virus, provided their viral load is stable and undetectable. As a Peer Support Worker with Positive Women Victoria, I find that stigma continues to be a…

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Rose Fund

The power of positive women is unstoppable

Posted on 21st of April 2019

Heather Ellis, PWV Chair, talks about the Rose Fund’s most recent recipient’s successes. Positive Women member and former Chair, Cath Smith, has been working tirelessly calling for such a national campaign and with the support of the Rose Fund was able to spend a week at Parliament House in Canberra. Cath’s Change.org petition has also…

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Stories from Women

Raised by My Aunties

Posted on 12th of November 2018

Written by a PWV volunteer, Tracy.  My name is Tracy. I am a Ugandan by origin and my mother is an HIV doctor in Uganda. I suppose my story is mainly about my family. I was raised by my aunties and this was because my parents were separated and re married, 3/6 of my aunties…

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#AIDS2018 — A Reflective Opinion Piece

Posted on 7th of August 2018

Written by activist and PWV member, Susan Paxton. Last month at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the first Prudence Mabele Award was announced.The recipient Dudu Dhlamini, who started an organisation in South Africa to support sex workers and their children, epitomises the legacy of my dear friend and little sister Prudence who died a…

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HIV Long-term Survivors Awareness Day

Posted on 5th of June 2018

Written by PWV member and activist Susan Paxton. Today is HIV long-term survivors awareness day, and on this bright sunny winter’s morning in Melbourne, I reflect on what that means to me.I am one of those lucky ones, having lived with HIV for nearly 30 years now. When I was diagnosed I was told I…

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A letter from LPV’s Anth McCarthy

Posted on 10th of August 2017

Written by Anth McCarthy, Living Positive Victoria’s Peer Navigator. Dear positive women, I’ve been a great admirer of you for a long time, and your example has helped change my life for the better. I’d like to offer some words in thanks and in celebration of all women who live and love courageously in defiance…

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Stories from Women

Remembering Prudence 1971–2017

Posted on 31st of July 2017

Honouring Prudence Nobantu Mabele 1971–2017, the South African activist who fiercely advocated for the rights of women and children living with HIV. Dr Susan Paxton remembers her dear friend of over 20 years and shares with us the unrepeatable miracle of woman that is Prudence. Prudence Mabele’s death is the loss of one of our…

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A letter from Femfatales Chair, Kath Leane

Posted on 29th of June 2017

A letter from Katherine Leane — a pillar of the national community of people living with HIV. She has been a strong and brave advocate for women living with HIV for 30 years. She is the current President of Positive Life SA and the current Chair of Femfatales, the National body for women living with…

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Rose Fund

Straight Up, I am Hooked

Posted on 11th of December 2015

Written by Heather Ellis, PWV member and recipient of a Rose Fund scholarship. I came across the Mont Blanc Writing Workshop held in Chamonix, in the French Alps, by chance while surfing the web. And I just had to go. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the craft of memoir from Cheryl Strayed author…

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