About Us - Yarns

About Us

Hello and welcome to YARNS a series of three recorded stories about the real-life experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander gay men and Sistergirls. 

These stories are told by our mob who still live in their rural and remote communities around Australia and some who have moved to the city. Corey, Crystal and Adrian talk about how it was for them when learning about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to protect themselves against them.

Listening is part of our culture.  It’s the traditional way of teaching. Our mob tell stories about what it’s like to grow up as a gay man or Sistergirl in our communities. What it’s like to ‘come out’, gain acceptance, get support, protect yourself from HIV or even get a HIV test.


HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a small germ (called a virus). Have sex without condoms, share needles/syringes, or get someone else’s blood into cuts. Having HIV can make it harder for your body to keep itself well. You may get sickness that your body could normally fix. Unlike most other germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi) HIV stays in your body.

Need Help?

Each State and Territory has services that will provide you with information, help and advice about HIV/AIDS, STIs and other blood borne viruses.

What’s Your Story?
The men and Sistergirls on this site have told their personal stories because they know it might help others in the community to talk about HIV/AIDS and sexual health.
Do you think your story could help other Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander gay men, transgender and Sistergirls improve their sexual health knowledge and skills?
If you think you might be interested in telling your story and would like to find out more, please call Jenny Duggan at the AFAO/NAPWA Education Team on 02-8568 1118 or email jduggan@afao.org.au

This website includes artwork originally created for HIV AIDS & Us Mob by Gary Dickinson
and by Artist De Greer Yindimincarlie. Tribe/Nation: Wiradjuri for “Book Mark”: authentication number 116n.

If you have any questions about the site, please contact the AFAO/NAPWA Education Team (ANET).