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hand in hand: a guide for spiritual leaders to prevent HIV transmission and eliminate HIV stigma within Australian migrant and refugee communities.

This resource provides you, as a spiritual leader, with insights on how you can contribute to preventing HIV transmission and address HIV stigma in your community and congregation.

Why spiritual leaders?
As a spiritual leader, you hold a place of respect, authority and leadership in society.  As such, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in  addressing HIV/AIDS in your community and congregation.

Your position can play a pivotal role in preventing HIV transmission; addressing
the debilitating effects of HIV stigma, and advocating for, and providing care and
support to, people living with HIV.

HIV in Australia

  • an estimated 25,708 people were living with HIV at the end of 2012
  • of the 5,525 people newly diagnosed with HIV between 2008 and 2012, approximately 2,387 were born overseas
  • among migrants who were newly diagnosed between 2008 and 2012, the
    majority (1,391) were born in sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East
  • more women (835) than men (556) from sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, were newly diagnosed with HIV between 2008 and 2012
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Resource Type: Tip/Fact Sheets