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In this section you will find a photos and videos featuring stories told by women living with HIV. You will also learn about Positive Women Victoria, its history, and many of the issues faced by women living with HIV.

WATCH the story of the Positive Women Victoria and its founders and LEARN about the science and stories behind “undetectable equals untransmissible” U=U, and more.

Bev’s story


Positive Women Victoria was founded in 1988 by two women (Bev Greet and Deborah Gillies) as a result of their isolation following their positive HIV diagnoses. It was a time when HIV was so stigmatised and women were a minority within a minority, making them all but invisible in an epidemic that was overwhelmingly affecting men who have sex with men.

U=U is Your Story Too – For Women


A ground-breaking forum and Australian-first, U=U is Your Story Too is a panel discussion focused on the Undetectable = Untransmittable message as it relates specifically to women. The panel shares stories of how the knowledge that U=U has transformed their lives, discussing sex, relationships and motherhood, as well as the health and social impacts of HIV among first nations people. Read more about the Webinar for Women.
 

Your Gut Health and HIV


This webinar (held on 14/9/2021) explains why diet matters for people living with HIV. Featuring an expert panel, Infectious diseases specialist Professor Sharon Lewin and clinical holistic nutritionist Skye Wiles, you will learn why gut health and diet are so important for people living with HIV, especially as we age. Hosted by Positive Women Victoria.
 

Financial Wellbeing with Lynda Horn


Learn how to access financial support services and grants, manage debts and nurture your financial wellbeing in this  webinar hosted by Positive Women Victoria.

Guest speaker Lynda Horn, a Financial Counsellor with Thorne Harbour Health outlines what services and grants are  available to you and shares advice on managing debt, plus she answers attendees finance-related questions.

Hosted by PWV EO Kirsty Machon who has worked in the HIV sector or over 30 years, this webinar was recorded live on 4/5/2022. To book a free appoint with Lynda Horn, financial counsellor, Thorne Harbour Health:

Phone: (03) 98630444             Email: lynda.horn@thorneharbour.org

Menopause and Women Living with HIV

Menopause and Women Living with HIV webinar, hosted online by Positive Women Victoria, features expert panellist  Dr Nneka Nwokolo, an honorary HIV and sexual health consultant from the UK who has specialised knowledge of menopause and women living with HIV. Dr Nwokolo answers questions and outlines the latest research concerning menopause, including HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), as it relates to women living with HIV.

A Guide to Menopause for Women Living With HIV
You may like to read the recently published A Guide to Menopause for Women Living With HIV developed by the Sophia Forum with expert advice provided by Dr Nneka Nwokolo from the UK. PWV is honoured to have Dr Nwokolo as a panellist for our Menopause and Women Living With HIV webinar.  DOWNLOAD the guide.

Dr Nneka Nwokolo has been a Senior Global Medical Director at ViiV Healthcare since 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in HIV medicine. Prior to joining ViiV, she was a Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the 56 Dean Street Clinic in London, UK where she has worked since 2001. Her special interests include the sexual and reproductive health of HIV positive women, particularly with regard to contraception and the menopause. She continues to do a monthly HIV menopause clinic in London and is currently involved in efforts to improve access to combination prevention for women. She is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. Dr Nwokolo also provided expert advice on the Guide to Menopause for Women With HIV.


Dr Nneka Nwokolo

 

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