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AFAO – Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is the peak national community controlled organisation for the HIV community response. AFAO is recognised both globally and nationally for the leadership, policy expertise, health promotion, coordination and support they provide.

In Australia, communities affected by HIV include: gay and bisexual men, transgender and gender diverse people, people with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, sex workers, people who use illicit drugs, people from or who travel to high prevalence countries, and people in custodial settings.

Internationally AFAO contribute to the development of effective policy and programmatic responses to HIV/AIDS at the global level, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. AFAO operates programs across eight countries in South East Asia to support the regional effort to end HIV.

AFAO's members include state-based members in each state and territory, and the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA), the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), the Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance (ANA), and Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association.

Mission and vision

The purpose of AFAO's health promotion is to strengthen populations, communities and individuals so that they can enjoy health, well-being and a good quality of life as a way for achieving their potential in other parts of their lives.

AFAO’s objectives and strengths are derived from its members and their communities. Accordingly, AFAO provides leadership by promoting, coordinating and supporting the shared goals of its members and the communities they represent in its endeavours.

How AFAO can help

AFAO provides a voice for communities affected by HIV/AIDS and leads the national conversation on HIV/AIDS.

Through advocacy, policy and health promotion, AFAO champions awareness, understanding and proactivity around HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, education, support and research.

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Last reviewed: June 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

National HIV Strategy: Since the launch of the first government response to HIV in 1989, Australia's national HIV strategies have been pivotal to the

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Living with HIV - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Living with HIV: The term living with HIV is used to describe a positive diagnosis, because when a HIV positive person is on treatment, they can live...

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Recently Diagnosed - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Recently Diagnosed: All kinds of people, from different walks of life and backgrounds, are living with HIV and many people enjoy full and active lives.

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Telling People You Have HIV - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

While understanding and attitudes towards HIV have changed for the better over the years, telling People You Have HIV can still be challenging.

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Oral Sex and HIV Transmission - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Oral Sex and HIV Transmission: Oral sex is considered a very low risk practice in regard to HIV transmission. In the case of oral sex with a HIV positive..

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Relationship Agreements - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

A relationship agreement (or safety agreement) is an agreement between you and your partner to protect against HIV. Some people in relationships decide not

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HIV Statistics - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

HIV Statistics - In 2015, it was estimated that there were 25,313 people living with HIV in Australia. Of these 25,313 people, an estimated 90% were...

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Condoms and Lube - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Condoms and Lube: Condoms provide an effective strategy to prevent HIV as they stop the passing of fluids from one partner to the other. Condoms are best...

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HIV Treatment - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

HIV Treatment: Thanks to antiretroviral HIV medication, known as treatment, a HIV positive person can live a long and healthy life.

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Having Children - Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Having children: People with HIV who wish to have children may be concerned about transmitting HIV to their partner when trying to conceive, or to their...

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