Rachel Thorpe

Journal article

Sex, desire and pleasure: considering the experiences of older Australian women

Older age is often associated with asexuality. That is, older individuals are not viewed as desiring of sex, nor as sexually desirable to others. Broader social and cultural norms that downplay women's sexual desire and agency further compound these phenomena. Whether this popular image accurately...

HIV futures six: making positive lives count

The HIV Futures 6 survey was completed by 1106 HIV positive Australians from all states and territories. This represents approximately 6.6% of the estimated HIV positive population. 92.4% were male (1018), 7.4% were female (81) and 0.3% were transgender (3). 78.5% were gay men, 7.5%...

HIV futures NZ2: Mate araikore a muri ake nei (Tuarua)

The Living with HIV Program is a part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. The program conducts social research into the lived experience of HIV. The HIV Futures New Zealand 2 survey was completed by 261...

Reflexive practice: ways of using complementary medicine by people living with HIV/AIDS

Over half of respondents to five consecutive surveys of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Australia reported using at least one form of complementary medicine (CM), including vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal medicines, traditional Chinese medicine and massage. CM users were as likely as non-users...

HIV futures five: life as we know it

From the introduction: With the increasing availability of antiretroviral treatments in many parts of the world has come increased surveillance of the lives and behaviours of PLWHA. In part, the concern of much of this surveillance has been the monitoring of antiretroviral compliance and sexual...