Ruan has been living with HIV since 2014 and active in the HIV sector since 2015. He is currently employed full time at ACON where he is the Community Health Promotion Officer for the Sexually Adventurous Men’s Project (SAM), a project which supports men who have sex with men (MSM) who engage in and are affected by alcohol and other drugs (AOD) dependency issues.

Ruan is a valued member of the Positive Life NSW Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB) team after joining early 2018. He is a peer support coordinator, community educator and founder of Hivsters VIC & QLD, a peer connection platform where PLHIV come together and celebrate the upside of being HIV positive today.

To book Ruan for your next Sexual Health or HIV training or to share his story of resilience with your AOD staff, please visit or call the Coordinator on (02) 9206-2177.