7th April 2017
PAN acknowledges in every aspect of our work, we meet on the land of the first owners of this country. Today, they are still the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land. Further to this, the committee acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the custodians of the land on which the committee most regularly meets. We also acknowledge and pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have lived in, worked in, and contributed to the cultural heritage of our land.
PAN acknowledges and pays respect to the people who have contributed to our knowledge and understanding of HIV, its effects on an individual and its effects on our human relationships. We pay respect to those living, and also those no longer with us, who have participated in the research, sometimes at huge personal cost, so that we may better fight the HIV epidemic, and live our lives less affected by it. Our use of biomedical HIV prevention strategies exist due to their past and ongoing contribution to us.
PAN acknowledges that in working towards ending the epidemic we must be respectful and sensitive towards those of us most intimately affected by it, those people living with the virus. PAN works towards ending the HIV epidemic, and in so doing, we embrace and include those of us living with HIV, we seek their advice and we seek their support.
Within Australia, the group most affected by HIV are men who have sex with men (MSM). We acknowledge that MSM have, for over thirty years been affected by loss and grief, and suffered the effects of the threats that the virus causes. PAN acknowledges that these communities are our communities and work towards collectively healing the harm that HIV has caused within us. Whether we are living with HIV, or not, we are all affected by HIV in our lives.
PAN acknowledges that our work relies on reducing or removing the stigmas associated with the HIV virus. Irrespective of community, stigma works against ending the epidemic. PAN works to remove these stigmas within and across communities.
Promoting Choice in Prevention Strategies
There are a number of strategies to prevent a person acquiring HIV.
PAN promotes strategies based on science, on research and on being informed and being current in our knowledge.
PAN acknowledges that an individual has a right to choose the strategies most appropriate for them. We do not stigmatise a person as a result of their choices. We act to stop stigma associated with any strategy.
PAN acknowledges that HIV, its prevention and acquisition is not merely about prevention strategies. It exists within the complexity of our humanity and as such, we must acknowledge and work with this understanding.
PAN supports and promotes biomedical HIV prevention strategies:
- Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
- Pre exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Post exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Based on current research, PAN understands that TasP provides the strongest strategy to prevent a person acquiring HIV. PAN actively promotes TasP by promoting frequent testing for HIV, early treatment with antiretroviral drugs and achieving TasP.
PAN acknowledges the right of a person living with HIV to determine their use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) or not. We will, however, actively promote TasP. We acknowledge that a person using ART may not be able to achieve an undetectable viral load and we are sensitive to these issues in our interactions.
PAN does not restrict it’s activities to MSM communities, we aim to support people and their decisions across communities, including but not limited to people of trans experience, sex workers, injecting drug users, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
PAN respects and supports the work of advocates and activists across the globe, and may work with organisations internationally.
Equitable Access to Strategies
PAN works to provide equitable access for every person in our communities to the prevention strategies they choose.
PAN works to create change, and envisages communities where everyone is comfortable talking about sex, strategies to support their wellbeing, including HIV and STI prevention strategies, and importantly aim to support others in the community.
We work to advocate for equitable access to information, prevention strategies and supports for individuals and communities.
PAN’s work involves destigmatising HIV, including any context that feeds that stigma. This includes, but is not limited to sexual orientation, gender, sexual practices and drug use. PAN promotes sex positivity. We use positive language, avoid and act against shaming.
PAN promotes discussion involving HIV prevention strategies. We work towards being informed. We aim to inform, using best practice and science-based information particularly, but not limited to TasP and PrEP.
Privacy Confidentiality and Disclosure
PAN supports a person’s right to privacy and confidentiality. While PAN acts to promote a sex-positive environment, we acknowledge an individual has different circumstances and we support them in their decisions.
We maintain confidentiality of personal information we may be privy to.
Working together within PAN
We work respectfully, we support each other.
We reach consensus and act accordingly.
We are transparent in our interactions with others in the community, including community organisations, by sharing information within the committee.
Working with other organisations
We acknowledge that we, as separate organisations are working towards ending the HIV epidemic, and are working to strengthen our communities. PAN may choose to work with other organisations cooperatively, however our voice and actions are independently determined.
We do not necessarily follow, but aim to lead.
PAN, formerly PrEPaccessNOW, is a community activist organisation and we create actions according to the following principles: