What can we do to drive infections down?

Gay men in NSW have a unique opportunity right now to push HIV diagnoses down to record lows. Recent research has shown that small changes in a few areas can have a powerful effect on reducing the number of HIV diagnoses. There are a few things we can all do in order for this to happen:

  • Maintain condom use.

    A decline in condom use would result in a drastic rise in new HIV infections.
  • Make sure you test for HIV and other STIs at least once a year and more often if you've been busy.

    Being diagnosed as early as possible means you can find out about your status and so avoid passing HIV on to your sexual partners.
  • Disclose your HIV status

    so you and your partner can make the right decision about the type of sex you have.
  • Restrict sex without condoms to men of the same HIV status

    to eliminate the risk of transmitting the virus.
  • Use PEP*

    and act quickly if you think you've been exposed to HIV as it may prevent you from becoming infected.
  • Aim to maintain an undetectable viral load

    if you are HIV positive as strong evidence shows that an undetectable viral load makes transmitting HIV less likely.

*Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a course of HIV treatment that can prevent infection if it's started within 72 hours of exposure to HIV - and the earlier the better.

What can we do back to top

Because I'm positive I only seek out other positive guys for sex, therefor eliminating any chance of infecting somebody else.

Cameron, HIV positive

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