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My health, our family

With key collaborators, the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW Sydney is leading a Discovery Project in New South Wales to document — for the first time — stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The CSRH is hoping to interview individuals living with these infections, and their (self-defined) family members. Families may include partners, parents, children, siblings and extended family — as well as families of choice, affinity, or intimate connection.

Researchers want to understand what these health issues mean for everyday family life and relationships. They hope to inspire new government and community strategies for involving families more deliberately in the response to these still-stigmatised, still-present infections.

Collating and communicating these stories helps to challenge the fear attached to blood- borne and sexually transmissible infections. For more information about the ‘my health, our family’ study contact Christy Newman at c.newman@unsw.edu.au

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