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AIDS Council of NSW (ACON)

Established in 1985, our early years were defined by community coming together to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in NSW, and we remain committed to ending HIV for everyone in our communities.

We do this by delivering campaigns and programs to eliminate new HIV transmissions. Supporting people living with HIV to live healthy and connected lives remains core to our work.

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

As the peak national organisation for Australia’s community HIV response, AFAO (the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) is recognised both globally and nationally for the leadership, policy expertise, health promotion, coordination and support we provide.

Through advocacy, policy and health promotion, we champion awareness, understanding and proactivity around HIV prevention, education, support and research. AFAO provides a voice for communities affected by HIV and leads the national conversation on HIV.


We’re committed to working with our communities to virtually put a stop to new HIV transmissions, and one of the key ways to achieving that is by getting everyone at risk of HIV to test regularly.

Positive Life NSW

We work to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination.

Our aims and objectives are:

  • to empower people living with HIV in NSW with information, referral and advice on all relevant issues; in particular health promotion information and matters dealing with life issues
  • to advocate on behalf of people living with HIV and lobby government, business and non-government organisations about issues of concern to people living with HIV, with the aim of ensuring optimum well-being, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, our partners, family members and significant others
  • to work closely with the HIV-specific and mainstream health and community sectors and other relevant organisations in the pursuit of these objectives.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis PEP

It is believed taking PEP can prevent HIV, however the evidence is not conclusive. Taking PEP does not guarantee that you won’t become HIV positive. It is offered as a last resort. Safe sex and safe injecting are still the best way to avoid HIV.

You can be assessed for PEP at sexual health clinics, doctors (including some general practitioners) who specialise in HIV/AIDS, and hospital accident and emergency departments (which are open 24 hours). If possible, seek assistance from a doctor who specialises in HIV or sexual health clinic first.

If you would like further information about PEP or have other questions you would like answered you can call 1800 PEP NOW (1800 737 669). The service operates 24 hours.

Pozhet: Heterosexual HIV Service

Pozhet began in 1993 as a small, volunteer-run organisation. As a result of the commitment and dedication of key members and staff, Pozhet is now a state-wide service funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and hosted by Sydney Local Health District. It is located at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown campus in Sydney and managed by the HIV and Related Programs Unit, Population Health.

Pozhet works with:

  • heterosexual people at risk of HIV
  • heterosexual people living with HIV
  • health professionals.

For heterosexual people at risk of HIV, Pozhet offers news and information about HIV, including the latest on testing and prevention. We also deliver campaigns encouraging people to consider their risk of HIV and how they can reduce the chance of acquisition.

For heterosexual people living with HIV, Pozhet offers information, support and referral to key services. We also create opportunities for heterosexual people living with HIV to meet each other and share their stories and experiences.

For health professionals, Pozhet offers advocacy, advice and training to support services to work better with heterosexual PLHIV.

Sexual Health Infolink

The Sexual Health Infolink is a NSW Ministry of Health funded telephone and internet-based information and referral service. It has been operating since 1989 and is staffed by specialist sexual health nurses. 

Our aim is to promote the sexual health of the NSW community through providing accurate and timely information and referral options. 

Sydney Sexual Health

Sydney Sexual Health Centre (SSHC) is the oldest sexual health service in NSW, operating since 1933. We are a busy centre offering testing, treatment and management for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and HIV.

We are part of the Directorate of Population and Community Health (PaCH) within South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), which is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health.