HIV Awareness Week

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) is encouraging people who’ve never been tested for HIV or haven’t had a test for more than a year to get one done.

Sexual Health Promotion Officer, Ben Tart, says there is no better opportunity to take a test than this HIV Awareness Week (23 – 30 November) in the lead up to World AIDS Day (1 December).

HIV testing is simple and confidential. There are now a variety of HIV tests available and some are free. You can get tested at your local GP or sexual health clinic; or if you prefer to test yourself at home you can get a free Dried Blood Spot kit delivered to you by mail. The results are sent back by text, email or phone.

People at risk of HIV, particularly men who have sex with men, can now use a combination of prevention methods to reduce their risk including taking HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and using condoms, which are available for free.

NSW has come a long way in the challenge to virtually eliminate HIV transmission by 2020, with a 13 per cent drop in the number of new diagnoses in NSW between January to September, compared to the previous five year average. This reduction is due to more people seeking early testing and treatment and taking steps to prevent HIV transmission including the use of PrEP. Early diagnosis means you can receive treatment, live a long, healthy life and prevent transmission to others.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District