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

Level 5, 
615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 

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

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).

VAC

Health promotion, counselling & operations

Level 5
615 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
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:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 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
Thursday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Sunday: CLOSED 

PRONTO!

Free rapid HIV testing

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

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 8.00pm 
Saturday: 10.30am - 2.30pm 
Sunday & Friday: CLOSED 

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: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Friday: 8.30am – 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

GAMMA

Gay and Married Men’s Association

Telephone counselling and face to face counselling

Phone: 1800 804 617 

Living Positive Victoria

Living Positive Victoria is a not for profit, community based organisation representing all people living with HIV in Victoria.

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

NAPWHA

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

Lifeline

Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention

24hr Crisis Telephone Line: 13 11 14

Suicideline

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

Level 2, Collingwood Football Club Community Centre
cnr Lulie and Abbot Streets
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: 1300 550 236

Victoria Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison Officers (GLLOs)

Phone: (03) 9247 6944

RhED

Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry

10 Inkerman Street
St Kilda VIC 3182

Free call: 1800 458 752
Fax: (03) 9525 4492

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm 

Aleph

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

Family Access Network

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

1030 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
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

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc.

A social and support group for bisexuals and their friends

Goulburn Valley Pride

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

Tell us your story

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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