NSW HAS ALWAYS HAD A STRONG SAFE SEX CULTURE AND WE NEED TO MAINTAIN IT TOGETHER IF WE ARE TO END HIV.

Advances in treatment and biomedical prevention options now means there are different ways to Stay Safe. Combined with Testing Often we can End HIV by 2020.

What's Safe Sex?

There are now more ways you can do it…prevent HIV that is. New biomedical technologies provide new options to maximise pleasure and minimise risk of HIV transmission. ‘Safe sex’ for gay men can now mean, Condoms, PrEP or Undetectable (UVL) or a combination.

How do you do it?

Do you do it every day? Or do you do it on the go?  Either way there is a HIV prevention option that can work for you. For 30 years, condoms and lube have been the best way to prevent HIV. However they are no longer the only option.

New prevention options are available and you choose the option that works for you and your sexual partner(s). We’ve put some information together to help you choose which prevention option might work best for you.

I take PrEP every morning with my vitamins as it gives me around the clock protection. I sometimes use condoms when I want the extra security blanket.

CONDOMS

Condoms continue to provide one of the most effective ways to prevent HIV and many STIs. Use them all the time, last minute or on the go. Condoms are a cheap way to prevent the transmission of fluids passing from one partner to the other.

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PrEP

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an HIV prevention option where HIV negative guys regularly take HIV medications to prevent infection. One pill once a day provides around the clock protection against HIV.

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UVL

‘Undetectable’ refers to the amount of virus in a positive guy’s blood. Being ‘undetectable’, doesn’t equal negative; however for HIV positive men with an undetectable viral load, there is no risk of HIV transmission.

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Which one works for you?

Guys tell us what they choose to stay safe. What option do you use?

Risk Calculator

WHAT’S YOUR RISK?

Fucking is a pretty simple act, but your level of risk changes depending on the position you take or the prevention option you and your sexual partners choose.  Understand more about your risk by using the risk calculator. Select your sexual position, your status, your partner’s status and a prevention option you’re using.


Find free condoms

ACON provides free condoms and lube, which you can access in various locations, such as sexual health clinics, gay clubs and bars. Paying customers can also find condoms at SOPVs.

Find out where to go

Safe Sex Parties

Order your safe sex pack

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More strategies you could use

Condoms, PrEP and Undetectable are key combinations to help you stay safe. Here are some other methods you could also use to reduce risk.

Find out about each method by selecting its title.

SAME STATUS OR SEROSORTING

This is just what it sounds like – you only fuck without condoms with guys who have the same HIV status as you. The thing is, you have to actually know your status and your partner’s to get it right. You can’t guess or assume with this one.

PULLING OUT

This is when the top pulls his cock out of his partner’s arse before cumming. It reduces the risk somewhat over NOT pulling out, however not by much. It’s a high risk strategy.

NEG TOP / POS BOTTOM

This is a relatively simple concept – the negative man tops and the positive man bottoms. While this strategy is certainly lower risk than when the pos guy does the topping, there is still a medium risk of HIV transmission.

NEGOTIATED SAFETY/RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENTS

Negotiated safety describes the situation where two HIV-negative men in an ongoing relationship agree to limit sex without condoms to their relationship, having first established via two tests each that they have the same serostatus. Negotiated safety requires that both parties continue to talk, test, and trust and to maintain a Relationship Agreement that reflects the mutual commitment made and incorporates any mutually agreed changes. To understand the level of risk involved in each of the strategies, use the Risk Calculator

Acon's Commitment

One of the main ways ACON is committing to ending HIV by 2020 is through sustained advocacy efforts on behalf of our community as well as feeding information about the effectiveness of the ENDING HIV initiative back to the community… Read more.

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