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Is it okay to take preps although i have Epegastric Ulcers. Coz i really have Stomach cramps.

Hi, Thanks for your question. For medical advice and questions around PrEP and its interactions with your existing conditions, we recommend consulting with your doctor or a health professional who specialises in HIV. For other sexual health questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

i am hepatitis b carrier but not active , my PCR test result is 2000 , my doctor told me i dont need to take any medication , my question is : can i take PrEp for preventing from HIV ?

Hi, Thanks for your question. People living with hepatitis B are still able to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV transmissions. For people living with chronic hepatitis B infection who are taking PrEP, AFAO recommends that their dosing strategy is daily PrEP and not on-demand PrEP: https://www.afao.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AFAO-On-Demand-PrEP-Fact-Sheet.pdf If you are thinking about taking PrEP, we recommend consulting with your doctor or health professional who specialises in HIV and Hepatitis B to discuss if PrEP is an effective option for you and how to correctly use it. If you have further questions, you can call the NSW Hepatitis Infoline at 1800 803 990 where a person can answer your questions. You can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer further questions over the phone.

During the COVID19 and its restrictions, seeking sex has become almost relying on being totally inactive due to ISO etc. Now that the government removed it from the PBS listing, can an update on this website show other options which can be of a benefit?

Hi, Thanks for your question. If you’re referring to Truvada as PrEP, you’re right. Truvada is no longer on the PBS. However, Truvada is only one brand among many other generic versions which are just as effective. We’ve put together a blog article that gives you more information on how to access PrEP even though Truvada is no longer on the PBS here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/truvada-removed-from-pbs-what-about-prep/. You can also find a list of other generic PrEP versions which are listed on the PBS here: https://www.pbs.gov.au/medicine/item/11276L-11296M-11306C. If you are looking to access PrEP, we always recommend consulting with your doctor first who will discuss with you the correct way to use it and provide you with any medical advice you may be looking for. Also if you’re interested, ACON recently released a COVID-19 Update which provides messaging around the easing of restrictions, physical distancing and casual sex here: https://www.acon.org.au/about-acon/latest-news/#covid-19-update-easing-of-restrictions-physical-distancing-and-casual-sex If you have any more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

I want to ask if I need to take an HIV test if I’m a man and I receiveOral Sex from a woman using condom? The Condon didn’t break as after I took the condom out all the cum was still inside the condom. Please advise the risk of this act with condom and the change of catching HIV if the condom broke. Thank you

Hi, Thanks for your question. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV transmissions. In addition to that, oral sex is actually considered very low to no risk for HIV transmissions. However, the risk for other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) to be transmitted during oral sex can be different, and although condoms are great at preventing HIV and most STIs, there are still risks for some STIs such as syphilis which can be spread from skin-to-skin contact. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs four times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have more questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hi, its there a way I can get prep without having to go and see a doctor.

Hi, That’s a really good question. To access PrEP you will need to visit a doctor or health professional who specialises in HIV. They will need to have a consultation with you and test you for HIV to confirm you are HIV negative before they prescribe you PrEP. You will also need to have your consultation and HIV test every 3 months with your doctor in order to renew your scripts. If you are Medicare-eligible, the you can take that script to the pharmacy to pick up your PrEP at a subsidised cost. If you do not have Medicare, you can also buy generic versions of the medication online from reliable suppliers, which can be found on the PrEP Access Now website: https://www.pan.org.au/. You will still need your script from a doctor before purchasing. Although any doctor can prescribe you PrEP, it is important you are seeing a doctor who you feel comfortable talking about your sexual history with. If you’re looking for a doctor who can prescribe you PrEP or would like to ask more questions about PrEP before seeing a doctor, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone. The NSW STIs Programs Unit also has a list of gay-friendly GPs, which you can use if it is applicable to you: https://stipu.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/4.-Gay-Friendly-GP-List_February-2018.pdf

Fucked a man while wearing a condom,am I at risk of getting hiv

Hi, Thanks for your question. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV and STI transmissions. You can read more about condoms and how to correctly use them on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/all-about-condoms/ However, there are some STIs, such as syphilis, which can be transmitted from skin-to-skin contact, and although condoms are great at offering protection, there can sometimes still be a chance of STIs transmitted while wearing condoms. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs four times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have more questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hello my names Byron, in the last six months I have had some alopecia and with new treatment options we are looking at JAK inhibitors. I have taken Prep in the past but currently am not engaged in activities so have chosen to not take it. After an appointment with a specialist he is concerned with how prep would interact and there is little research to prove these two drugs work together?! Is there more information you can provide that these drugs could work together or don’t?! Kind regards Byron

Hi Byron, That’s a really good question. Unfortunately, we don’t have this specific information you’re looking for. We would recommend continuing to consult with your specialist and also a doctor or health professional that specialises in HIV and HIV treatment, who can provide you with more medical advice.

Can you get hiv from a female face sitting and she rubs her vaginal fluids on your whole face.. eyes and nose. Nose was also inside the vagina. She also came on my face and mouth.

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV predominantly exists in blood, semen, anal fluids and vaginal/front hole fluids. For HIV transmission to occur, it requires one of these fluids from someone with HIV to enter a HIV negative person’s bloodstream. Often, this means HIV is transmitted through unprotected penetrative sex or sharing injecting equipment. Although the sex you described suggests that HIV can hypothetically be transmitted if your sexual partner is HIV positive with a detectable viral load, and her vaginal fluids entered your body through the mucous membrane of your eyes, this is highly unlikely. If you are still concerned we would recommend you speak to a sexual health nurse or your local doctor. However, we recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/

Hi. I'm currently on daily PrEP. Since we're currently in lockdown, and I'm isolating by myself, sex isn't really an option. Is it safe to stop taking daily PrEP and move onto a PrEP on demand schedule?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Yes, it is a very strange time and unprecedented time. Because of the current situation and guidelines by health experts around social distancing, we strongly discourage casual sex, and it’s great to hear that you’re already practicing this! However, this doesn’t mean we discourage sexual pleasure at all, and you can read more on our blog how to enjoy sexual pleasure during the era of COVID-19 here: https://endinghiv.org.au/blog/covid-19/ In terms of thinking about changing your PrEP dosing from daily to on-demand, we recommend calling your doctor who prescribes you your PrEP to provide you with medical advice and further discuss what options are best for you. If you have any other questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.