August 2014

Karumahs – 25 years of caring “RED PARTY”

You are invited to Karumahs “Red Party” When: Friday 21st November 2014 7pm to 11.30pm Where: Gallipoli Club – Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Cost: $25 general public  $20 Karumah members  $15 Concession card holders. Tickets can be – elmo-party-decorations-lanterns[1]

at Karumah which is open Tuesday and Thursday or paid by internet transfer, (details on Karumah membership forms online).

There will a DJ – Drag Show- Photo Booth – Prizes for best dressed and much more. Come along and Help Karumah celebrate 25 years of caring for people living with HIV.

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To be or not to be

Karumah published the street address for our centre on our new website, it was a deliberate decision to raise Karumahs profile in the community. It has now been removed and we would like to have some feedback from the HIV community, Karumah members and service users on whether you would like to have it put back on or left off.


It has been public for approximately 3 months and the site has had a lot of exposure in that time. You can feedback on our Facebook page via email phone or in person. We would love to hear from you.

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A Guide to some of the legal issues of disclosing your HIV status



Disclosing your HIV Status

A Guide to some of the legal issues.

There are very few situations where you are legally required to disclose your HIV status. These situations will be explained later in this guide, but it is best to think carefully and check

your obligations before you disclose, because once you have disclosed it is impossible to take back. Sometimes someone will try to tell you that you have a ‘duty of care’ to disclose your HIV status. There are very few situations where this is true. The guiding principle is that people should not intentionally or negligently harm others, and should warn others of real dangers or risks. Disclosure is only needed when there is no other way to avoid the danger or harm to another. Disclosure of HIV status is one of the main areas where the law affects the lives of people with HIV. If you are thinking about whether or not to disclose your HIV status; or if someone else is asking you to, then this guide will help you to understand some of the legal issues involved. This guide may also help people such as counsellors and social workers who offer support services to people with HIV. This is a guide to the laws about when you may need to disclose your HIV status in New South Wales. It includes information about your right to privacy and freedom from discrimination, and how to protect these rights.

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ACON – Hunter Counselling Service


Week days and after hours appointments available Services  Short term supportive solution focused counselling Face to face, phone and Skype For People with HIV or affected by HIV Members of the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community Cost Cost is free—tax deductable donations are welcome. Contact ACON: Newcastle 129 Maitland Road Islington NSW 2296 Free Call: 1800 063 060 Phone (02) 4962 7700


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Meet others and be involved in healthy living discussions,


Manage your medications and talk to your doctor about HIV Richard Kennedy (BGF) Dr Rick Varma HIV Specialist (Nepean & Parramatta Hospital) Metro, regional and rural positive men and women welcome + partners + family  Western Suburbs Haven Blacktown Saturday 30 August 10.30am – 3pm Please RSVP Pozhet 1800 812 404 The Haven 9672 3600



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Mental Health Month


The theme for Mental Health Month this year is ‘be YOUnique!’ This theme promotes acceptance and an understanding of the impact that being proud of who we are can have on our wellbeing. Let’s celebrate our strengths and differences and be ourselves! This theme aims to encourage all of us to consider our strengths and challenges and nurture our own ‘unique worth’. We should also take the opportunity to support the people in our lives and celebrate their own individual qualities that make them unique.


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“Fresh Start” quit for life


Positive life is running a program especially designed to help people living with HIV to quit smoking Fresh start is a peer led course held each week for 4 weeks consecutively. Current session dates are Wednesday from August 13 to September 3rd. To register for more info please contact Hedimo on 02 9206 2173 or      


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