One of the 97 Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts held in the collection. 2011/109/. Gift of the Sydney Quilt project, 2011. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
The theme for this year’s WORLD AIDS Day is ‘getting to Zero, which mean zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination . Zero AIDS related Deaths’. Australia has come a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1988 and the first AIDS case came to its shores in 1982.
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2007/50/64 Music magazine, 'Juke' Melbourne, used by Festival Records, Sydney, 1986. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
Vince Lovegrove was an Australian journalist, music manager, television producer, musician and AIDS awareness campaigner. Perhaps best known for his job as manager of rock group Divinyls and singer Jimmy Barnes. Lovegrove was a member of a 1960s band the Valentines sharing vocals with Bon Scott whom he later introduced to heavy rock group AC/DC.
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One of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts on display at the Museum's Discovery Centre. Image: Courtesy Christopher Snelling
Since its inception on 1 December 1988, World AIDS Day has been a significant factor in the ongoing global fight against HIV/AIDS. First diagnosed in 1981 HIV/AIDS is the major infectious disease of the late 20th century.
The theme for this years World AIDS Day is ‘HIV/AIDS is still with us’ and while there has been a shift in attitudes to HIV/AIDS in Australia, there are still around a 1000 cases a year of people being infected with HIV.
Education has been an important part of changing attitudes with community and government using World AIDS Day as a focus point for activities. The Museum has acquired the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt into its collection and along with the display at Castle Hill Discovery Centre has lent DVDs (showing all 97 quilts) for displays at Lend Lease, City of Sydney Libraries and NSW Health.