The last week of November is HIV Awareness Week – culminating with World AIDS Day on December 1st.
This year, NSW Health wants to remind us all that HIV testing is still important, even as the world is focused on COVID-19.
When diagnosed early, effective treatments mean that it is possible to live a long and healthy life with HIV. So we are encouraging anyone who may have been at risk, to ask for test. It is easy, confidential, and should be a regular part of routine health care.
There are a range of ways to be tested. You can do it yourself at home, or visit your GP or Sexual Health Clinic, you will find all the details on the NSW HIV Testing site. But for this HIV Awareness Week, we are encouraging you to take action and have a conversation with your GP. HIV is now like any other chronic condition and local doctors are much more familiar with managing it.
No it’s not algebra – but it is great news. Treatments for HIV have improved so dramatically that it is now recommended people start treatment soon after diagnosis is confirmed. If those living with HIV take anti-retroviral therapy according to the prescription, and maintain an undetectable viral load, they cannot transmit the virus to a HIV-negative partner through sex.
This is referred to as ‘Undetectable Equals Untransmissible’, or U=U.
For further information about U=U for HIV prevention click here.