Aussies share red ribbon selfies on National Day of Women Living With HIV

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Australians took to social media last weekend to share selfies featuring red ribbons as part of a new campaign for the National Day of Women Living with HIV on March 9.

Femfatales, the national network of women living with HIV, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and ViiV Healthcare Australia launched the #LeaveNoOneBehind campaign to raise awareness and show support to the more than 3000 Australian women living with HIV (WLHIV).

Experts say women are at risk of late and underdiagnosis of HIV in Australia. Despite important advances in treatment and prevention of HIV leading to a sharp drop in rates of new HIV diagnoses among gay men over the last five years, rates in women have remained the same with women often missing out on accessing screening and care.

To raise awareness of those issues, NAPWHA and Femfatales asked Australians to draw red ribbons on their faces and share a photo on social media.

Femfatales Convenor Katherine Leane said through “this simple, yet powerful, image” Australians can show their support for the more than 3,000 women living with HIV in Australia today, and start a public conversation that challenges existing myths and stereotypes around women with HIV.

“We have launched the #LeaveNoOneBehind campaign in partnership with ViiV Healthcare Australia to recognise Australian women from all parts of society who are affected by HIV,” Leane said.

“Women are often less likely to talk about their experience of living with HIV, due to their fear of stigma.

“We have the opportunity to join together as a community to improve the public’s understanding of HIV, demonstrate our support for women living with HIV and empower them to make HIV a manageable part of their life.”


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