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Welcome to the 5th edition of the Pozhet e-newsletter

Happy New Year to all of our service partners, and we look forward to working with you in 2020. In this edition of the Pozhet newsletter we bring you updates on the Dried Blood Spot that now make it easier for people to test for HIV at home in a discreet way. The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine’s draft guidelines for PrEP also give more options for heterosexual people and partners of people living with HIV to access PrEP.

We also take a look at the exciting new resource from the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) called ‘HIV: What you need to know’, which is available in eight languages.  MHAHS continues to support people living with HIV who are from culturally and linguistically diverse communities through their HIV Client Support Program. These supports are important for engaging people who may otherwise not receive support from their community, a situation highlighted in Sanaa’s story.

The power of heterosexual people living with HIV coming together and supporting one another, as seen in another successful Pozhet retreat in October 2019, as well as the continued support of all our service partners is critical to ensuring heterosexual people living with HIV continue to live happy, healthy and long lives.

The Pozhet website

You may have noticed that the Pozhet website has had design refresh and content update. Stay up to date about Pozhet events and HIV news at

Sanaa’s story

Sanaa, diagnosed with HIV in 2012 arrived in Australia in 2012. Here is her story as told to Pozhet

Dried Blood Spot Test Helps Overcome Barriers to HIV Testing

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Test offers an easy option for anyone wishing to have a HIV or hep C test.

HIV: What you need to know

The Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) has a new multilingual resource available in hardcopy and on the MHAHS website.

HIV Client Support Program

The MHAHS Client Support Program is available for people from CALD communities who are living with HIV. Here they describe what services they provide.

The ASHM Guidelines for PrEP in 2019

Many heterosexual people living with HIV or at risk of HIV are not aware of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). GPs and health workers need to be better informed about PrEP as it relates to heterosexuals. Read more...

The Pozhet Retreat

The Pozhet Retreat was held on the weekend of the 25-27 October, 2019 in Berry.
Pozhet along with other sector partners has a key role in the implementation of priority areas under the NSW HIV Strategy 2016-2020:
  • To increase access to PrEP for heterosexual people at high risk of HIV infection in NSW.
  • To increase HIV testing frequency and reduce late diagnoses for heterosexual people at risk of HIV infection in NSW (including partner notification.)
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