Queensland has kicked of AIDS Awareness week with the launch of a new series of HIV awareness short videos at Brisbane’s Jade Buddha Lounge & Bar overlooking the Story Bridge which was brightly lit in red lights to mark the occasion.
The ‘Talking About Treatment’ films feature local Queenslanders both gay and straight discussing their personal stories about living with HIV and the way treatment has transformed their lives.
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The key message throughout the five videos which are an initiative of Queensland Positive People (QPP) is to increase understanding that today’s treatment options have become so effective that the virus can be suppressed to levels that are below detection, which not only greatly improves health and wellbeing of PLHIV, but also reduces the risk of onward transmission.
QPP’s Executive Officer Simon O’Connor told QNews that it was important to get the message out there that HIV treatments have now come a long way from the the days where people living with HIV were required to take handfuls of pills which used to have many unpleasant and debilitating side-effects.
“Treatment is different now and for many people, it’s only a single pill a day that allows PLHIV to live a healthier and more normal lifespan,” O’Connor said.
“We are keen for newly diagnosed PLHIV to hear about and consider the personal benefits in commencing and adhering to HIV treatment. Our aim is to increase awareness of just how far treatment has advanced.”
For more information about HIV treatment, please visit qpp.net.au