Much like committing to a personal budget plan, you benefit from PrEP by sticking to it. They take treatment which reduces the amount of HIV in their body to low, undetectable levels. It helps improve their health and, as research tells us, has a zero risk of transmission. By getting tested, we take control of our health by knowing our status and that puts us in a position to treat any STIs should they arise.
If you are diagnosed with HIV, the good news is that treatment and care in Australia is of the best in the world. There are also ways to accessing treatment without Medicare — get in touch with ACON if you need to discuss further. For a lot of us, a lesson our parents taught us to succeed in life is by respecting others and respecting ourselves. That respect is also fundamental when it comes to sex.
Another thing I love about Thailand is the hospitality.
Regardless of background, the hospitality is unbelievable. Going to a 5-star restaurant in Thailand is like going to a 7-star in America. The wait staff goes the extra mile, everyone greets you with the wai, and the locals are just genuinely nice people who want to ensure you have a good experience. The only time it comes up is when I meet with locals. They are travel agents that focus on gay men as an audience so this is perfect for me when I need destination ideas or activities to do. They tend to have beautiful stories from locals and they give me ideas on what to do when I travel for work.
Can you share your thoughts about them? Do work FAM trips count? It just makes the vibe more relaxed and fun. Do you think it helps to boycott places that are outwardly intolerant toward gay people or is it better to go and actually meet people and try to change their minds? Boycotting hurts their pockets, which unfortunately is how the world works — money.
But with any boycott, I advise to do proper and thorough research as to not fall in a rabbit hole of theories, and instead, find credible news stories and trusted peers to understand why something should be boycotted. Hopefully with boycotting and an in-person discussion, their minds would evolve to be more accepting over time. You work with many Asian countries. Many people with HIV consider the condition a manageable illness.
There are a range of ways to prevent acquiring HIV, referred to as combination prevention. In Australia it is recommended that PrEP is taking as one pill, once a day. This is why we encourage people who are taking PrEP to regularly check in with their sexual health provider.
If any STIs do occur, get them treated and follow the advice of your sexual health provider. People who are using PrEP should consider maintaining their condom use, particularly for casual partners, until you are aware of their testing regimen. Condoms prevent or reduce the exchange of semen, vaginal fluid or blood between partners during sex.
Condoms also offer protection against a range of other sexually transmissible infections STIs. They do this by preventing the transfer of bodily fluids or by covering affected genital areas. Find out more about using condoms and staying safe. This means that HIV is no longer able to be detected in their bodies by viral load tests, meaning the amount of virus is their bodies is extremely low.
In term of HIV prevention, there has never been a case of a person with an undetectable viral load passing on HIV to a sexual partner, a fact backed up by major international studies. These strategies include: All these strategies carry risks that vary according to practice and circumstance. Find out more about risk reduction strategies. Testing regularly so you know your HIV status allows you to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners.
If you find out you have HIV, you can then take steps to benefit your health, including talking to your doctor about treatment.
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You can help out by getting tested at least twice a year, or up to four times a year if you have more than 10 different partners in 6 months or have sex without condoms. There are other testing technologies that are being assessed for use in Australia, such as home-based testing kits.
More information will be provided on these as they become available. To find out more or to make an appointment to get tested in Sydney, please visit www. Sexually transmissible infections STIs are infections that are transmitted during sex through body contact or the exchange of body fluids i. STIs can be caused by viruses e. HIV, herpes, genital warts , bacteria e.
If you manage your sexual health and play it safe you can significantly reduce your risk of getting an STI, or passing it on to a sexual partner. Infection rates for some STIs — such as HIV, gonorrhoea and syphilis — are much higher among gay men than in the general population. The best way to prevent HIV transmission among men is to have safe sex by using a condom and water based lubricant for anal sex.
The site also has information for gay men about testing for and treating STIs, as well as the ability to make an appointment with one of our a[TEST] clinics for a test. Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics. There are usually between guys in each group.
Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 2 — 6 sessions, depending on the workshop. The below workshops are for all gay men. We also run other workshops for young gay men aged The workshops are relaxed, fun and are designed to encourage participation and great conversations.
It allowed me to open my mind to new opinions and perspectives. Workshop details: To register, email lrabie acon. We offer a range of FREE workshops for young same-sex attracted men gay, bisexual, curious , trans inclusive. Sign up for a workshop here. Once enough participants have enrolled, dates for the workshop will be confirmed. This a free workshop for young gay men aged 18 to Meet other young guys and learn about identity, sexuality, coming out, family, friendships, relationships, the gay community and how to build social networks.
Sign up here. This workshop of for guys aged who speak Mandarin.