Illawarra: Ending HIV community forum
LGBTI and interested community members in the Illawarra region are encouraged to attend a community forum in Wollongong later this month to discuss health strategies for ending the HIV epidemic in NSW.
A group of leading HIV professionals will address the forum to assist the community in understanding the role they have to play in the Ending HIV campaign.
The Ending HIV campaign aims to open a discussion with gay men about the real possibility that HIV transmission in NSW could be virtually eliminated by 2020 as a result of advances in testing technologies and HIV treatments.
Produced by ACON, the campaign focuses on three key activities needed to help end the epidemic:
Test More – sexually active gay men need to get tested for HIV at least twice a year.
Treat Early – advances in HIV medicines offer improved health benefits for people with HIV and can reduce the virus in their body to an undetectable level, significantly reducing the likelihood of the transmission of HIV.
Stay Safe – with condoms and other risk reduction strategies - gay men need to maintain a culture of safe sex.
Dermot Ryan, Manager of ACON Regional Outreach Services, says the forum will provide important information for gay men across the region. “In this region we have an active and engaged population of gay men who wish to stay informed about issues affecting their community,” says Ryan.
“We now have a real opportunity to play a key role in significantly reducing HIV transmissions in NSW by acting locally to keep up our safe sex culture, increase HIV testing among gay men and increase treatment uptake for people living with HIV.”