We’re committed to working with our communities to virtually put a stop to new HIV transmissions, and one of the key ways to achieving that is by getting everyone at risk of HIV to test regularly.
In NSW, guys are testing more than ever – that’s because its easier than ever to get a test. Sure, testing for HIV can sometimes be confronting, inconvenient or scary. And if you’ve never been tested before, it can be a little nerve-racking.
However, getting tested is easier than you think. By making testing a regular habit, it puts you in the driver’s seat of your own sexual health while taking care of the guys you play with.
Test to know your HIV status
When was your last test? Months, years, decades ago? Or perhaps never?
You may not know it, but a lot of cases of HIV transmission are from guys who think they are neg, but actually have HIV and aren’t aware of it. This is why testing and being sure of your status is so important.
Just like your birthday or home address, you should always know your current HIV status.
It’s easier and faster than ever to test
That’s right. In many locations around NSW, rapid HIV testing is fast, easy and confidential with your results back in as little as 30 minutes. The days of sweating it out waiting for results are over. In many cases it’s also free and available without a Medicare card, like at a[TEST].
Why not kill two birds with one stone and include testing for other STIs as part of your routine? Talk to your healthcare provider about what’s right for you.
Are you in?
HIV negative guys play a huge role in Ending HIV. Here’s what you can do:
- Test four times a year if you are sexually active, or if you are not sexually active or in a monogamous relationship, test at least annually
- Test each time you think you may have been exposed to HIV or an STI
- Sign up to our free REMIND ME service that alerts you when it’s time to get tested again