Take some extra care of yourself this HIV Awareness Week, leading up to World AIDS Day on 1 December.
This year, Positive Life reminds everyone that especially in the current environment of COVID-19, HIV testing is still important. We encourage everyone to make HIV testing a regular part of your routine health care. Ask for a HIV test – it is easy, confidential, and can also be free.
Almost 10% of people with HIV in NSW don’t know they have HIV, which means over 11,000 people in NSW do not know they are living with HIV. When HIV is diagnosed early, effective treatments mean all people living with HIV can have a long and healthy life.
You can live healthy with HIV
HIV treatment today is highly effective and means all people living with HIV can have a long and healthy life.
Getting tested is the only way to know your status. If you do have HIV, an early diagnosis and starting treatment as soon as possible is the best way to stay healthy.
HIV testing is easy and confidential
There are lots of different options to get a HIV test, including a blood drop test, a finger stick test or a rapid test. Your results are 100% private.
Routine testing means you are looking after yourself and your partners as well. Ask for a HIV test today.
Where to get a HIV test:
Who should get tested for HIV?
Positive Life NSW encourages everyone who is sexually active and believes you have been at risk, regardless of your age, gender identity or sexual orientation, to get a HIV test. HIV does not discriminate between anyone in the community.
You should especially get tested for HIV if you:
You can have a confidential conversation about HIV, STI prevention and testing, or HIV symptoms and treatment by calling the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 (free call).
Are you an international student and want further information about how to navigate the NSW Health system? Visit the International Student Health Hub
Ways to prevent HIV
Prevention medication or PrEP when taken as prescribed by a doctor, and condoms are the most effective tools we have for HIV prevention. As we come out of COVID lockdown, this 2021 HIV Awareness Week, ask for an HIV test today.
For more information please visit NSW Health
Find your local community sexual health clinics or an Aboriginal Medical Service to get a free confidential HIV test