As part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani and VAC’s Colin Batrouney chatted with academic Dion Kagan about the current state of HIV and AIDS. MWF kindly gave us a couple of tickets and Ed who took them kindly wrote us his personal reflections on the event (don’t forget, if you’re looking for medical advice on PrEP or PEP, to consult with your doctor or health service provider):
AIDS is Dead! Long Live HIV!
Use a condom EVERY TIME you have sex or you might miss a day of skiing!
28 Mornings After
Let’s talk about fucking and getting high
You say promiscuous like it’s a bad thing
The more things change, the more they stay the same
I attended an unusual literary event last week as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival; unusual because it wasn’t about literature at all, but more of a discussion about the current state of HIV/AIDS. “AIDS is Dead! Long Live HIV!” was a casual conversation between epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, VICAIDS’ Colin Batrouney and University of Melbourne’s Dion Kagan.
The basic gist of the conversation, as far as I’m concerned, comes down to two (apparently) straightforward statements: 1) The nature of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention has changed so much (here in the West) that we can actually start using phrases like “the end of HIV” without it sounding like complete fiction; and 2) as far as stigma goes, we’re still having the EXACT same conversation we’ve been having since the beginning of the epidemic over thirty years ago, which is ultimately sex-negative and marginalises the people who are right at the centre of the epidemic. Continue reading