Cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD) as a marginalising element in the lived experience of people living with HIV (PLHIV)

Stream: Stigma 2
Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016
Time: 3.30 pm – 4.45 pm


Past research has established that CALD is a marginalising feature in the lived experience of PLHIV. In the context of current improvements to treatment guidelines and the contemporary focus on quality of life outcomes, it is time to reflect on the currency of this information. 30 years into the epidemic, communities have evolved exciting and innovative adaptions and this paper will demonstrate that the CALD PLHIV community is no different. Over 50% of presenters to a community based rapid HIV testing service identified as CALD. The paper will present historical literature that has guided program development, it will draw on an environmental scan of NAPWHA member organisations and other services and include details of interviews with CALD PLHIV who access these services. This will explore the strategies of belonging that have emerged over the last 30 years. I will examine past experience, note the elements that have remained constant over time and identify themes and concepts that may characterise a new paradigm. All service providers have an obligation to refresh their understanding of this area to reduce marginalisation and enhance belonging in CALD individuals living with HIV. I will conclude with recommendations to the three pillars of the HIV response in Australia; health services, community services and research bodies in light of this new information.


Crhistian Munoz (Presenter), National Association of People living with HIV Australia
Crhistian has been working in the HIV community sector for a number of years and has developed a particular interest in the experiences of people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are or are at risk of becoming HIV Positive.

Crhistian's background is in social justice. Beginning with grassroots presidential campaign for the green political party in Colombia prior to his migration to Australia in 2010. He is currently employed as a Project Officer with NAPWHA where he is supporting and developing networks of those HIV positive people who are further marginilised by other aspects of their demographic profile.