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The HIV Book Project (Note: 3 Different Covers to select from - see below)


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''The HIV Book Project'' is a powerful Australian collaborative work documenting the lives of twenty HIV positive people from a diverse range of backgrounds using reflective interviews and portraiture style photography to capture the essences of their responses to living with the HIV virus since 1985.

The project is a peer-led initiative; conceived, coordinated, photographed and documented by HIV positive people to engage with affected individuals and the wider community. The stories showcased here will surprise you with their candour, resilience, courage and strength in the face of adversity.

The 30th anniversary of the World AIDS Day commemoration and the 40th Mardi Gras parade occurs in 2018, so this book is a timely artistic representation of this social history highlighting the significant changes that have occurred since the early days of HIV, its impact on our communities, and where we are today.

HIV has changed significantly over the last 30 years, from an acute infection to a chronic condition. With improved anti-retroviral treatments, we have seen our friends and our lovers living with HIV move out of the hospital wards, back into society, relationships, full-time employment, and life, albeit with ongoing stigma and discrimination.

We hope that this book will educate the wider community of the issues and complexities HIV positive people have contended with since it's discovery and continue to cope with, and trust that it may honour all those who lost their lives and still endure its effects.

(Text from the Back Cover of the book) The book measures 21cm x 29cm


Hardcover, 140 Pages, Published August 2018

Photography by Roy Wilkins,  Interviews by Phillip Shipton

Foreword by Garry Wotherspoon

The creation of an HIV Book will be an extremely useful resource within Australia and beyond. I am sure that it will create a significant contribution to the lives of many people living with HIV, as well as provide an educational tool for those who work with and care for them. The HIV Book will provide an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of appreciation of the human condition and the harm that stigma/prejudice generates within our communities.

Professor David Lewis – Professor of HIV/Sexual Health, University of Sydney

It is incredibly important that projects such as the HIV Book Project capture the personal side of what is one of medicines success stories. HIV represents a generational event that highlights some of the best and worst of human interactions, from the discrimination in the 1980s, the community activism in the 1990s, to the near elimination of the disease in Australia in the 21st century. Future generations will want to know what it was like to live through those times.

Professor Don Smith MB, ChB, MD, FAChSHM, FRCP, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNW

As a medical practitioner looking after people living with HIV, I often hear stories of prejudice, ignorance, fear, isolation and discrimination. The HIV Book Project will put a human face to the lived experience of HIV, thereby promoting a positive image of inclusion, diversity and equity. It will also dispel myths persisting around HIV/AIDS and help to educate the general community about the changing nature of HIV in relation to disease status change to chronic from acute and improved anti-retroviral treatments. I am honoured to be able to support such an important project.

A/Prof Bradley Forssman MBBS MPHTM FAFPHM - Director Public Health
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District


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