Updated: April, 2015
Most of us probably can’t remember a time when we had to worry about diseases like polio or smallpox – even AIDS and the deaths associated with it are receding into memory.
HIV is still with us but imagine if gay men in NSW were able to put HIV in the same basket.
We can – if we want to.
ACON invites you to mobilise in support of the most significant advance against HIV since the introduction of combination therapy nearly 20 years ago.
Call it “Combination Prevention”, or, “Prevention Revolution” or the “New Prevention Paradigm” – it’s about ending HIV. 2020 marks the end of the decade and it can also mark the end for new cases of HIV.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
By ensuring that:
- EVERY sexually active gay man tests at least twice a year for HIV,
- EVERY gay man diagnosed with HIV has access to treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, and that
- EVERY gay man continues to stay safe by using condoms and/or using sexual risk minimisation strategies
Watch this video to learn more
If we, as a community, increase our testing rates, cases of HIV can be detected much earlier and men diagnosed will be given much more control over their own health and assurance about protecting the health of their partners.
- Starting a regular pattern of testing if you haven’t done so previously
- Testing at least twice a year if you are sexually active; and
- Testing four times a year or more if you have lots of partners (more than 10 in 6 months).
The dual benefits of early treatment are evident. Firstly and most importantly there is a significant health benefit, but the big news is that effective treatment dramatically reduces HIV transmission risk.
Effective treatment reduces the amount of virus in the blood to a level below which transmission is unlikely. So getting more newly diagnosed guys on treatment earlier will dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections.
Undetectable – The Game Changer to End HIV by 2020HIV treatments have changed – if an HIV positive person is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load, the risk of transmission is almost zero, and it improves their health.Now more than ever we know we can end HIV by 2020 if we test more, treat early and continue to stay safe. #EndingHIV #Undetectable
Posted by Ending HIV on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
BE PART OF IT
More testing, more guys on treatment earlier and maintaining good safer sex practices – including condom use for fucking – are what we need to end the epidemic.
Be a part of ending HIV. Spread the word. Join us on Facebook, get tested and if it applies to you, consider treatment sooner rather than later.
2020: Ending the decade, ending HIV. Imagine that.
ENDING HIV STIGMAWE CAN END HIV