VAC looks at the year gone by

Published: December 21, 2014

Gay News Network
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What progress have we made in the last 12 months? In January 2014, the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre (VAC/GMHC) had just started offering rapid HIV testing to men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) at PRONTO!.

The community conversation around Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was barely underway. Many community organisations were only just starting to think about what to do for AIDS 2014 – let alone the state election in November.

With 2015 approaching, we have put away our long-serving branding to tell our story anew as the Victorian AIDS Council or simpler still – ‘VAC’. In July, the 20th International AIDS Conference offered us an opportunity to come together as a community, to forge new partnerships, as well galvanise existing ones, and showcase the Victorian response to HIV/AIDS to the rest of the world. Moreover, it was also a great opportunity to remind the broader community that, while significant progress has been made, HIV/AIDS is still an important concern across Australia.

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