ACON. What’s It All About?

ACON is New South Wales based organisation that is driven to assist people living with HIV to live with well-being and also interact with the lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities.  Formed in 1985 as the AIDS Council of NSW, ACON has developed as and imaginative and effective association that has changed the general population on the disease as assisted those effected with support for issues faced.

ACON has actively liaised with similar organisations and government bodies instigating active dialogue to address issues getting professional advice’s from specialists in various fields.  It has also taken an active role in educating LGBTI how protect themselves from infection and lead a sexually well lifestyle,

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Their mission is to improve the well being of group/s with HIV by:

  • Ending HIV transmission among men who have intercourse with men(MSM).
  • Promoting the deep seeded well being of LGBTI individuals and individuals with HIV.

ACON promotes the well-being and health of the LGBT communities and individuals with HIV. Likewise provide assistance and advice to those that may be in danger of being infected by the disease such as sex workers, people who take drugs and families/carers of those with HIV.  Programs and events are run to educate where infection is in most danger of occurring and ensuring that every person human rights are met.


Acon also helps those influenced by the HIV virus with serious issues like –

  • Sexual well-being
  • Mental well-being
  • Alcohol and other medication abuses
  • Mature Gays and The Ageing
  • Homophobic Actions
  • Domestic Abuse Incidents
  • Counseling
  • Community care
  • Housing
  • Workplace Equality

ACON fills the void of many other community services because of either lack of information available or inability to react.  At ACON personal well-being issues are met head on and proactively where possible with a team of dedicated social workers, specialists with experience and expertise that understand that it can cause separation and social detachment.  Their administrators provide proven data to enhance the current support available within New South Wales.  The list wanting to accomplish



  • An end to the HIV/AIDS plague in Australia and internationally
  • A sound, strong and comprehensive LGBTI sex positive group
  • A society that secures and advances human rights for the good of all

ACON additionally manages Men’s Health Issues, Women’s Health Issues, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, The Asian Community, MAGS, Sex Workers, People With HIV.


ACON is active in education to decrease HIV transmission by instructing gay men about how to lead a safe lifestyle and be free from getting HIV. They  help individuals with HIV to  minimize the impacts of the disease by supplying resources and  care groups, workshops, information about the best HIV medicines, home-based care, transport solutions, accommodation,  treatments, holistic approaches, food and social events.

Did you know?

  • There is one person diagnosed with HIV in New South Wales every day
  • Gay men represent around 75% of new diagnosis and their normal age is 39
  • NSW is one of the few places on the planet where the rate of new HIV infections has stayed stable for more than 10 years
  • Over 10,000 individuals with HIV are living in NSW. This is over 60% of all individuals with HIV in Australia
  • About 80% of people who are HIV positive in NSW are gay men