In 1984 David Polson was amongst the first 400 men diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Australia 


Under the care of the late Professor David Cooper, David undertook 28 HIV drug trials all of which had significant and impactful side effects.

David’s ability to persevere through the drug trials is a testament to his innate resilience and his dedication to helping medical science find a treatment or cure. David effectively put his body on the line, he felt that this was his way of contributing; he has also taken part in many other adjunct studies…such as “Aging with HIV”


After the death of his HIV Doctor and friend Professor David Cooper, David decided to become an HIV advocate/educator focussing on educating people on new medications, testing and helping reduce the stigma still present for people with HIV/AIDS.


He retired from working life in 1996 due to failing health but with the advent of triple therapy his health has been partially restored.

Left with a legacy of complex health issues, David now continues his work 

  • Educating about testing, 

  • Confronting stigma 

  • Promoting a healthy and positive life while living with HIV. 


Sydney University: Regular lecturer for over 14 years  


NSW University: Guest lecturer 


Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology: filmed interview


Westmead Hospital: Regular lecturer from 2004


St Vincent’s Hospital: Keynote speaker World AIDS Day 2009, regular speaker to Doctors, nursing and ancillary staff


Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: Keynote speaker World AIDS Day 2009/2010/2011. 

Regular guest lecturer during 2011 and 2012


Canterbury Hospital: Keynote speaker World AIDS Week 2012


Janssen-Cilag pharmaceutical company: Key note speaker for launch of “Intelence” HIV drug


Caritas Rehabilitation Centre: Keynote speaker World AIDS Day 2011


Presbyterian Aged Care Home: Keynote speaker for nursing staff World AIDS week 2012


NSW Public schools: HIV educational t to years 11 and 12 students


ABC Lateline program 2012: interviewed re: living with HIV personal story

ABC Television: Numerous interviews for news programs on HIV


Television China:  2011 HIV World AIDS Day 


The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation:  Phoenix Program. Motivational talk to people undertaking this program helping them to return to the workforce

Appeared in many Fund raising brochures latest brochure 2018 

Keynote speaker 2018 Fundraiser 


ACON:  Genesis Program. Facilitator/Motivator to men and women newly diagnosed with HIV


National AIDS Trust of Australia: 

National HIV campaign 2009/2010/2011

Keynote speaker AIDS Trust fund raising dinner 2012

Features on the AIDS Trust Website

Fairfax Radio Media: Interviewed 4BC 2012


Sydney Morning Herald interview “HIV no longer means certain death” 

Featured in documentary film for the Sydney Queer Film Festival


SBS Television

Featured in documentary revisiting closed Ward 17 South (HIV/AIDS ward during the height of the epidemic)

for 30 year anniversary of Mardi Gras


St Vincent’s Hospital documentary on St Vincent’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and Ward 17 South


Featured in tribute to Professor David Cooper video broadcast on SBS television


Star Observer  

Tribute interview for Professor David Cooper


NSW University The Kirby Institute: Annual report

Featured as a long term survivor



Ambassador for the HIV Future Fund – featured on campaign brochures and in the 35 year commemorative book on the Curran Foundation

Speaker at Fund raising events


Contributing writer to magazines such as Talk About, Positive Life and regular contributor to Letters to The Editor -

The Star Observer and the Sydney Morning Herald

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© 2019 David Polson