Episode Notes

Today’s episode is part 2 of the report from the Australasian HIV Medical Conference – ASHM 2016.  If you missed part 1, you can check it out at insideHIV.net or download it from itunes.

On the AFAO community stage, a special symposium featured many of the most exciting developments happening, for positive people.

Launching Australia’s first national campaign specifically designed to improve the lives of positive people was Aaron Cogle, CEO of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).  Aaron explains the evolution of the Good Quality Of Life campaign.

NAPWHA also played a part in the development of a world first.  MyLife+ is a smart phone app that helps positive people manage their health and wellbeing. 

Oonagh Rocks, Community Affairs Manager at ViiV Healthcare details the development of the app, before introducing Bill Patterson, NAPWHA’s Operations Manager. Bill highlights the importance of integrating the lived experience of positive people into something as technologically advanced as the MyLife+ app.

This symposium was where insideHIV.net and this podcast series for positive people, launched. Caleb Hawk, the Communications Coordinator of the Victorian AIDS Council, provides some background before Dean Beck launches the project.

We also discover the difficulty Doctors have in defining the relationships of men who have sex with men (MSM).  Dr Vincent Cornelisse from Melbourne sexual Health Centre reveals some fascinating findings from his research.