This poster depicts a logo that I have seen all over Sydney in our first week here. I have seen this spray painted on the sidewalk as well as on t-shirts and billboards, and this program also had a stand at the Fair Day festival to celebrate gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. The ultimate goal of this program is to virtually end HIV transmission by 2020 by, reducing transmissions in NSW by 80%. The program condones using means of safe sex to prevent the spread of HIV including condoms, PrEP, and UVL. It more specifically reaches out to gay men living in New South Wales. In the WHO Global AIDS update, the world had agreed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, so as can be seen by this program, Sydney is taking steps to do so even sooner. As part of the fast-track approach to this goal which many countries are a part of (including Australia), the website listed on this poster leads you to ways to get the “HIV prevention packs”. These packs are listed in this WHO document as a great way to reach all impacted populations.
Another stand that I saw at Fair Day reads “Bobby Goldsmith Foundation: Care and support for people living with HIV since 1984”. This organization is Australia’s longest run HIV charity and helps those with HIV deal with emotional and financial obstacles. With a focus on those that are already sick with HIV, this relates to the WHO document’s mention of the zero discrimination of those infected. For example, the program helps those with the issues that arise from not only the physical implications of the disease, but also the stigma-related impacts that people experience after their diagnosis such as how they are treated and what they have access to in terms of treatment.
While walking the Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay walk I came across an area called The Gap on a cliff top. This area is known as being a common spot where many come to end their lives. What surprised me in this spot was all of the precautionary measures set up and means of support available such as security camera monitoring, counseling phone booths, and informational posters filled with supportive information. This seemed relevant as in the WHO-Australian Health System in Transition article it lists mental health one of the “six national health priority areas for special attention”. Additionally, with HIV many of those who receive the diagnosis or have family members struggling with the disease often have mental health impacts, so it is important to see that Sydney is making this issues known and offering help for those that need it. In the US, mental health still does not seem to be mentioned as much especially not those ideas involving suicide.