ENDING HIV AND ACON
Launched in 2013, ACON’s Ending HIV initiative has focused on educating, informing and supporting gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) to reduce HIV transmissions in NSW by 80% by 2020. That’s a virtual elimination of the HIV epidemic, and while we know it’s an ambitious goal, we still believe it’s possible.
We’re only a few years’ away from 2020, and we hope that the end of the decade will also mark the end of new HIV cases. However, while we’ve seen some great improvements in treatments and prevention strategies, there’s still still a lot of work to do.
Currently in NSW, there are around 300 new infections every year, of which 80% of these are gay and bisexual men. Sure, we’ve experienced a relatively small epidemic by global standards, but we believe that every new infection is one too many. We can do better and we remain hopeful that together as a community, we can end HIV.
How can we end HIV together?
A vaccine or cure for HIV has yet to be found. However, you can help reduce HIV transmissions by 80% in our community by ensuring you:
- Test Often
If you identify as gay, bisexual or a man who has sex with men (GBMSM), and you’re sexually active, it’s important to test for HIV regularly, at least twice a year. Knowing your status means you can take control of your health while helping reduce transmissions within our community.
- Treat Early
For someone diagnosed with HIV, it’s important to consider treatment and care as soon as possible. We know that treatment can result in achieving an undetectable viral load (UVL), meaning it reduces the adverse health impacts of HIV while preventing the onward transmission of HIV.
- Stay Safe
Choose a HIV prevention strategy that works for you, such as condoms, PrEP, undetectable viral load (UVL) or a combination. Staying safe reduces the stress and anxiety that can sometimes be associated with sex, and it helps prevent the transmission of HIV.
Where Ending HIV started
ACON’s got your back
ACON was established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of NSW. We’re a health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.
For over three decades, ACON has been passionate about looking after our community, and we’ll always remain committed to advancing our community’s health and wellbeing.
We’re committed to ending HIV. Are you?