Qld Government: stop cuts to funding for critical HIV work in the LGBT community #saveqahc #ripnroll
  • Petitioned Hon Lawrence Springborg MP (QLD)

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Hon Lawrence Springborg MP (QLD)
Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie
Premier Campbell Newman

Qld Government: stop cuts to funding for critical HIV work in the LGBT community #saveqahc #ripnroll

    1. Michelle Diamond
    2. Petition by

      Michelle Diamond

      Victoria, Australia

The Queensland Association for Healthy Communities has been stripped of its funding by the new Queensland Government.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has revoked every cent of the agency's $2.6 million Queensland Health funding.

This will mean an end to our health promotion work with gay men and the loss of 26 of its 35 staff.

We need your help to keep Queensland's only LGBT health agency in business.

Healthy Communities, which began as the Queensland AIDS Council in 1984, helps prevent the spread of HIV and STIs by supporting the health of gay men and the wider LGBT community.

It won international accolades last year when its rip&roll posters were removed from bus shelters.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:-

1. Join this event and invite your friends to support Healthy Communities. Tell people online how the organisation has helped you. Post pictures and video. Use the Twitter hashtag #SaveQAHC

2. Contact the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg (tel: 3234 1191
email: health@ministerial.qld.gov.au ) and Premier Campbell Newman (tel: 3224 4500 email: thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au ) and your local MP ( http://apps.aec.gov.au/eSearch/LocalitySearchResults.aspx?filter=4556&filterby=Postcode ) and call for our funding to be reinstated.

3. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues and community members to take creative action.

4. Express your views online, write to newspapers, on forums, the radio, everywhere!

5. Donate to our fighting fund: www.healthycommunities.org.au

What will be lost if our funding is stopped:


- No one-to-one support about HIV & safe sex
- No HIV prevention skills building workshops
- No condom & lube distribution
- No LGBT awareness training for health & community services
- No sexual health information line
- No support for reducing or giving up cigarettes or illicit drugs
- No printed resources on HIV prevention and sexual health for gay/msm
- No social marketing campaigns like ‘rip&roll’ promoting safe sex
- No peer education or volunteering
- No outreach at pubs, clubs, events and SOPVs
- No sexual health promotion in LGBT magazines and other media
- No support to LGBT groups and networks
- No participation in LGBT community festivals
- No voice for LGBT people on HIV prevention and related LGBT health issues

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      An ex-tenants began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

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    • Jordyn Jones AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Queensland is extremely outdated in its response to achieving equality for minority communities. QAHC is an invaluable service to the LGBTI communities, providing real solutions for the distinct issues LGBTI communities face, and improving their quality of life.

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    • Michael Goodall AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a homosexual male living with HIV

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    • paul sargaison AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is such an important service and without it we could be looking at an epidemic

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    • Carol Minter MACKAY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Our Government has sold us out!

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