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People living with HIV can access specialist medical services at Infectious Diseases departments at major public hospitals throughout Melbourne. These services can be accessed with a referral from a GP.
There are also a number of general practice clinics that have some doctors who also provide HIV care in this setting. Limited after hours appointments are available. The Green Room (TGR) at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is a specialist clinic providing care and support for people living with HIV. The care of TGR clients involves nurses, doctors and other allied health clinicians who all specialise in HIV care. The service is open during office hours only and is an appointment based service. These services can all be self-referred.
See HIV Friendly Medical/Dental Clinics factsheet for further information.
A useful factsheet can be downloaded with basic information specifically for people newly diagnosed with HIV. Refer to the website below, under the ‘HIV’ tab, select the ’Info & sites’ tab and under ‘Key HIV Fact Sheets’ locate the ‘Newly Diagnosed with HIV’ link.
PEP is a course of medication taken within 72 hours after a potential exposure to HIV with the aim of reducing the chance of becoming HIV positive. Refer to website below, under the ‘HIV’ tab, select the ’Info & sites’ tab and under ‘Key HIV Fact Sheets’ locate the ‘NPEP’ link.
Ph. 1800 889 887 (Victorian PEP Service)
Free Victorian community service providing information on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and STIs.
Ph. (03) 9076 6993
The AFAO website has excellent relevant information about HIV testing and prevention, sexual health, research and explains medical terminology.
Ph. (02) 9557 9399
The NAPWHA website includes information on many topics including healthy living, community news, HIV treatment and clinical trials.
Ph. (02) 8568 0300
The ACON website has information on many topics including living with HIV, men’s and women’s health, ageing and harm minimisation.
Ph. (02) 9206 2000
The NAM website provides independent, clear and accurate HIV information. This is a comprehensive global database for individuals and communities affected by HIV.
The NAM website provides independent, clear and accurate HIV information in many languages. Refer to the Translations tab for more information in languages other than English.
An excellent website for accessing HIV related information in languages other than English and serves people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The website has various factsheets on HIV and hepatitis.
Provide support to asylum seekers in the community by providing information about human rights and entitlements. ACRC provide access to services such as legal and health services, food aid, employment training and skills development.
DS Services has an African Support program which addresses a range of complex settlement issues such as poverty, housing, employment, mental health, domestic violence and isolation.
Ph. 9663 6733
An organisation that provides community programs and peer education for people living with HIV and the wider community.
Ph. (03) 9863 8733
The VAC has a community centre called the Positive Living Centre (South Yarra) and a medical clinic called The Centre Clinic (St. Kilda). They can provide medical and counselling services, financial assistance and HIV testing. In addition, they have HIV positive specific services including peer support, social activities, in home and community support and therapeutic group programs.
Ph. (03) 9820 3166
A Victorian organisation providing peer support, information, advocacy, health promotion and referrals for HIV positive heterosexuals, children and families.
Ph. (03) 9863 9414
A community based organisation focusing on supporting women living with HIV through peer support, community events and personal development courses.
Ph. (03) 9863 8747
TIM is a peer led group for HIV positive people living in Melbourne. TIM organise social events to bring people together to share their experience. TIM members also interact online and this can be accessed through joining a confidential mailing list on the TIM website.
Provides information about rural lifestyle for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Ph. (03) 5443 8355
ACON has very comprehensive booklet on men’s health particularly relating to safe sex and HIV called ‘A Safe Sex Guide for Gay Men’ and can be downloaded from the website.
ACON have a wealth of information on Men’s Health and HIV including information on sero-sorting, sexuality and sexual health. Download a booklet called ‘HIV Positive Gay Sex’.
ACON has a booklet that can be downloaded called ‘Opposites Attract’ for HIV negative men who are in a gay relationship with a HIV positive partner.
A useful website for information on different sex practices for sexually adventurous gay and other men who have sex with men.
The New Deal is a website with practical information explaining Hepatitis C transmission and risk for gay men and other men who have sex with men, particularly those living with HIV.
Let’s talk about it is a website about sexual health and promoting healthy relationships by encouraging open communication and negotiating skills.
Reproductive options for HIV Positive Men
AFAO have published ‘Reproductive options for HIV positive men’, a factsheet for HIV positive men who are considering or interested in having children using their own sperm.
Straight Arrows have a helpful downloadable booklet on relationships called ‘Sex Matters’.
The HIV, Hepatitis & STI Education & Resource Centre has an excellent factsheet called ‘Women and HIV- safe sex’ for positive women on negotiating safe sex and relationships.
AFAO have an excellent booklet called ‘Treat Yourself Right’ for women about HIV, sexual and reproductive health.
AFAO have comprehensive information about HIV and the law in Australia.
AFAO have comprehensive information and links relating to disclosure, confidentiality and discrimination in Australia.