An Australian DJ has become an ambassador for an anti-HIV stigma charity ahead of the International Aids Conference to be held in Melbourne in 2014.
Dean Beck of Joy FM joins Olympic Silver medallist Ji Wallace as an ambassador for ENUF, an Australian-based charity designed to break down HIV stigmas and increase resilience.
Of his experiences with HIV positive people Beck said: ‘Some of my best friends were HIV positive.
‘Unfortunately they are no longer with us, their life derailed by an HIV diagnosis and the stigma and discrimination that came with it.
‘It has got to stop and the beginning of the end is talking about HIV.’
ENUF relies on people with HIV having the confidence to discuss their situation and sharing stories on their website. The International Aids conference is held every two years and is organised by the International Aids Society.
The society will not hold the conference in countries that restrict short term entry of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Dean Beck is well known within Australia’s gay listeners for his ‘Word for Word’ radio show, during which he interviews local politicians and tackles issues affecting the LGBT community.