About Staying Negative

Staying Negative aims to emotionally engage, inspire and facilitate imagination in sexual health practices. The campaign profiles the real life stories of gay, bisexual and trans men who have sex with men (MSM). Men talk about all aspects of their life from coming out, relationships, sexuality and a broad range of other topics. While HIV and safe sex is an important part of all stories, it is not the exclusive focus.

Prior HIV prevention campaigns have traditionally focused on providing gay men with information that will encourage them to adopt safe sex behaviours. In reality, safe sex practices are influenced by a whole range of environmental and cultural factors. The campaign also provides an opportunity for HIV positive men to talk about their lives and discuss how their strategies to staying HIV negative were not successful. We understand that there is more than one way practice safe sex and adopt healthcare seeking behaviours, so let's be creative about it!

There are no real criteria for participants other than that they are MSM and happy to have their stories appear as part of the campaign. In addition to the personal stories, the website provides information on HIV/AIDS, sexual health, relationships and broad of the other relevant topics including domestic violence, drugs and alcohol and depression.

Victorian Aids Council

 Peter Knight Centre,
6 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday
9.00am to 9.00pm

Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm

You can visit us in person to:

Purchase condoms, lube, gloves, and dental dams at discounted prices; Access our secondary needle and syringe exchange program (NSP); and pick up safe-sex leaflets.

For more information about the VAC - including participating in education and support discussion groups, and accessing our counselling service - please telephone us on (03) 9865 6700 (or free-call 1800 134 840 for country callers).

Peter Knight Centre

Health promotion, counselling & operations

6 Claremont Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: (03) 9865 6700
Fax: (03) 9826 2700
Toll Free: 1800 134 840

Opening hours:

Monday 9.00am – 7.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Positive Living Centre

A community centre for
people living with HIV

51 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: (03) 9863 0444
Fax: (03) 9820 3166
Toll Free: 1800 622 795

Opening hours:

Tuesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 9.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday CLOSED

The Centre Clinic

VAC Medical Services

Rear 77 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: (03) 9525 5866
Fax: (03) 9525 3673

Opening hours:

Monday 9.30am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Thurs - 9.30am – 5.00pm
Fri - 9.30am - 5.00pm


Free rapid HIV testing

175 Rose Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 9416 2889
Fax: (03) 9417 0408

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

580 Swanston Street 
Carlton VIC 3053

Phone: (03) 9341 6200
Free call: 1800 032 017 (Toll free from outside Melbourne metropolitan area only) 
Fax: (03) 9341 6279
HIV Clinic for HIV positive people only – Phone: 03 93416214

Opening hours:

Monday 8.40am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.40am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.40am – 5.00pm
Thursday 8.40am – 5.00pm
Friday 1.00pm – 5.00pm

The Victorian Centre Against Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Crisis Line
Phone: 1800 806 292

Sexual Assault Counselling within Australia
Phone: 1800 737 732

The GAMMA Project

Gay and Married Men’s Association

Telephone counselling and face to face counselling

Phone: (03) 9899 0509 or 1800 807 660 


People Living With HIV/AIDS Victoria

Suite 1, 111 Coventry Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: (03) 9863 8733
Fax: (03) 9863 8734


National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS

PO Box 917
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: (02) 8568 0300
Free call: 1800 259 666
Fax: (02) 9565 4860


Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention

24hr Crisis Telephone Line: 13 11 14


Free professional, anonymous support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week across Victoria

Phone: 1300 651 251

Eating Disorders Victoria

Providing support and information service on all aspects of eating disorders

16 Lulie Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: 1300 550 236

Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer

Phone: (03) 9247 6944


Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry

10 Inkerman Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: (03) 9534 8166
Free call: 1800 458 752
Fax: (03) 9525 4492


Aleph and Young Aleph is a social and support group for Jewish members of the GLBTIQ Community


Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Phone: (03) 9511 4083

Family Access Network

Provide support to young people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness

1030 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC
Phone: (03) 9890 2673
Fax: (03) 9890 9919

Rainbow Network

Social and support groups for same-sex attracted young people across Victoria

Rainbow Families Council

A community organisation for same-sex parented families in Victoria

Bi Victoria

A social and support group for bisexuals and their friends

The Diversity Project

A community for young people aged 10 – 25yrs in the City of Greater Shepparton who are same-sex attracted, intersex and/or gender-diverse

Phone: (03) 5831 6157
SMS: 0437 134 625

Goulburn Valley Pride

THE Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Ally (GLBTIQA) social group located in the Shepparton/Goulburn Valley/North-East Victorian region


A social group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Intersex and Queer individuals in Bendigo and surrounding regions

Tropical Fruits Inc

A GLBTI community group in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales

Tell us your story

Tell us your story


Come and tell us your story! We would love to hear from you! If you want to find out a little more about how it all works, give Jessie a call at VAC on (03) 9865 6700, or email staying.negative@vac.org.au