We are Red Thread, the public face of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TasCAHRD). This name represents an inclusive, holistic approach to support and advocacy in Tasmania.
Red thread represents the blood flowing through all our veins; it represents life and unity, and of course, the path of blood borne disease.
Red Thread also appears in mythology: in a Greek myth, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of the minotaur by following a red thread. In Chinese mythology, the two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.
To us, Red Thread is all of these things: it is life, connectedness and a way forward.
TasCAHRD is run by a Board of Management and is responsible for providing information, care, support and advocacy through programs such as the Nigel Mallett Housing Project and the Andrew Shaw Foundation. We provide access to a range of Tasmania services, and some on-site clinical and referral services.
Red Thread (and TasCAHRD) are here to support anyone in the community who is, or may be, affected by HIV or hepatitis.