It’s HIV Testing Week 1st – 7th June.
It’s time to encourage people who have never been tested for HIV, or haven’t had a test in more than a year, to get tested this week.
If you love facts – then check out the results of the NSW Health HIV Strategy, it shows that in 2018, NSW had the lowest annual number of notifications on record.
The NSW Government has committed $21.9 million in 2018/19 to increase HIV testing, treatment and prevention activities, in an effort to work toward virtual elimination of HIV transmission.
Getting a test is easy- it can be done by your GP, sexual health service …or you can even do it yourself.
Did you know that there are 47 state funded sexual health clinics in NSW, with local clinics in Penrith and Katoomba. Specialised staff make testing easy, non-judgemental and accessible…BUT if that’s not your thing, there is now the Dried Blood Spot Testing Kit which allows you to DIY. The test is delivered in the mail and results are sent by text, email or over the phone.
People who are at risk of HIV infection, including men who have sex with men, should also take appropriate precautions to protect themselves. This includes using condoms and taking ‘Post Exposure Prophylaxis’ (PEP) when there is a chance that exposure has occurred.
Being diagnosed early means that treatment can be started early and people affected will go on to live a full and healthy life.
To find out where to get tested call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624