Woman who devoted life helping people with HIV is dead

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Levinia Crooks AM died in Sydney Sunday evening after a long battle with illness, she was just 56 and more than a half of those years she spent tackling stigma around HIV+ people. n 2008 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to HIV policy she believed that it was necessary to act living in the world like this and it is a crime to ignore bad things happening around you like it’s something that would never concern you.Her work began as a researcher to help develop counselling support services for people affected by HIV in its earliest days. She later became President of the New South Wales AIDS Council, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and served on the board of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.In a statement they said: “Her drive and focus on the needs of the workforce in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health pioneered ASHM as a provider of high quality resources and training.”

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