RISE stands for ‘Recent Diagnosis and the Impact of Support on Experiences of HIV’. RISE is exploring people’s experiences of being diagnosed with HIV and the changes in their lives following their diagnosis.


To be eligible to participate in RISE you must be:

  • Aged 16 years or above.

  • Currently living in Australia.

  • Diagnosed with HIV since 2016


What's involved? Simply participate in an interview, with the option to participate in a follow-up interview one year later. The interview should last approximately 90 minutes and can be conducted online via a video platform such as Zoom or on the telephone. If you live in Sydney we may be able to organise an in-person interview depending on COVID-19 regulations at the time. This can be conducted in a confidential office space we provide or at a private space of your choosing, depending on what you prefer. In the interview you will be asked about your experience of being diagnosed with HIV and your life since then. The follow-up interview will likely be shorter than the first interview.


The interviews cover the following topics:

  • Your experience of being diagnosed with HIV

  • HIV testing history

  • The event that might have led to your seroconversion

  • Experiences of telling others about having HIV

  • Use of HIV support services (including peer support)

  • HIV treatment and care

  • Sex and relationships

  • Expectations for the future

  • Impacts of COVID-19 on you


The RISE Study also includes an online survey component and you may also be asked to complete a 6-monthly survey at a later date.


Your experiences are important in helping develop & improve HIV support services for the future.


Thank you for your participation,

The RISE Study team


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

If you have any more questions later, please direct any inquiries to:


Nathan Wells

Research Associate, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program

Kirby Institute Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

[email protected] | w: kirby.unsw.edu.au