National Day of Women Living with HIV to be marked with morning tea
The AIDS Action Council invites women living with HIV to take part in a morning tea as part of the National Day of Women Living with HIV.
The National Day of Women Living with HIV takes place annually on March 9 and was first instigated by the FemFatalesas a way to increase the visibility of women living with the virus.
Current estimates suggest around 2500 women are currently living with HIV in Australia. Most women living with HIV acquire the virus via heterosexual sex and are often diagnosed in the late stages of HIV, when the virus has already had a significant impact on the body.
AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss said “The Council is here to support everyone living with or impacted by HIV. We want to make a space for the voices of women living with HIV, to hear their stories and celebrate their lives.
“This day also serves as a reminder that while the numbers of women in Canberra living with HIV is relatively low, we must not become complacent and allow the assumption that women are not at risk of contracting the virus. Our conversations about testing, prevention and treatment must actively include women”
All are welcome to the Council’s morning tea on Thursday March 9 from 10am, at Havelock House. To learn more visit www.aidsaction.org.au or www.facebook.com/AIDSactionACT or call 6257 2855.