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The Check It Out podcast is a uniquely Canberran look at HIV prevention, education, sexual health promotion and LGBTIQ+ community topics. Each episode is produced in house by the Meridian team, with special guests joining us to share their knowledge and experience.

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This World AIDS Day, we spoke to two inspirational women about their relationship with HIV. Manu Bhat is a HIV positive woman living in India, and Dr Niveditha Manokaran is a Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV clinician living in Sydney. We spoke about their relationship with Dr Suniti Solomon, a late HIV specialist who began matchmaking her HIV+ patients who struggled to find love and marriage.


We asked guests of ASHM, 2018 about their relationship with HIV.

Media personality and producer, Karl Schmid talks about coming out as HIV positive in the spotlight. How this affected his life, his career, his relationships and his view of the future. In a world where HIV is no longer a death sentence, what can the media do about steering the conversation in the right direction?

Alex Sloan talks to the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner, Heidi Yates about her work with the Human Rights Commission and how LGBTIQ people can access victims of crime services.

Darryl O’Donnell, CEO of AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) paints an intriguing picture of Australia’s HIV landscape. How far we’ve come, what we still need to do and what we all can be proud of.

With over 20 years experience in the HIV sector, Associate professor Limin Mao talks about the stark reality around people living with HIV and aged care. There’s a lot we can do to help ourselves and others in preparation.

In this episode Wayne Herbert of LEAD talks about growing up in Grafton, his quest to be crowned Jacaranda Queen, his book, his work and the human need to be valued and included.

Cody Smith is the only Intersex Project worker in Australia. In this episode, Cody talks about Intersex people, squishy bits, the “i” in the LGBTIQ acronym, what Intersex people are fighting for and what we can do to support them.

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