World Aids Day

Mr HIBBINS — The launch of World AIDS Day was held at Alfred Health in South Yarra on 1 December. Powerful stories were shared by speakers from the Positive Speakers Bureau. A world free of HIV transmission is possible. To get there we must speak out against and end the stigma of HIV and encourage people to get tested, to know their HIV status and to receive the treatment that they need. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is central to preventing the transmission of HIV. Whilst medical trials of PrEP are occurring, it needs to be available and accessible to everyone who needs it.

If any demonstration is needed as to why this needs to happen, it was the World AIDS Day memorial service at the Positive Living Centre in South Yarra, a heartfelt ceremony surrounded by names of those who have passed on memorial quilts. I would like to acknowledge the Victorian AIDS Council, Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women Victoria, Straight Arrows, the Quilt Project Melbourne and everyone in the positive community for the work they do.