Into group sex? Then get tested every three months
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Into group sex? Then get tested every three months

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 April 2014 01:26 Written by // Reg Domingo

Men who participate in group sex are being urged to get tested up to four times a year under revised national guidelines for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing.

Men who have episodes of unprotected anal sex, have had more than ten sexual partners in the past six months, or use recreational drugs during sex, as well as all sexually active HIV-positive men, are also urged to get tested every three months.

The guidelines are issued by NSW Health’s STI Programs Unit and are updated from 2010, which previously stated higher risk groups be tested every 3-6 months.

The updated guidelines have been designed to respond to findings that indicate up to 40 percent of some STIs detected are asymptomatic.

The guidelines reinforce all men who have had any type of sex with another be tested for HIV and STIs at least once a year.

To read the guidelines, go to the NSW STI Program Unit website.

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Comments (2)

  • geoffhonnor

    30 April 2014 at 11:24 |
    So Rob, the story refers to the issue of new clinical guidelines - ie the target audience is primarily sexual health service and general practice staff - for screening/testing/treating a wide range of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in gay men and/or other men who may have sex with other men. They're produced and regularly updated by STIGMA - Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action - a multidisciplinary, Sydney-based interagency tasked with developing effective responses to STIs in gay men, I don't think Gay News Network intended that their news story be read as health promotion advice to gay men. The emboldened link to the STIGMA Guidelines they've provided at the end of the piece is newspaper shorthand for - 'check this out if you want to know what's actually in these guidelines.' So, I'd check it out remembering who the primary audience is intended to be. Once new guidelines are issued, the community-based organisations who are members of STIGMA - ACON, Positive Life NSW and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations - have primary responsibility for incorporating any relevant guideline changes in the development of health promotion responses that directly engage gay guys. Hope this helps.

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  • Rob Camp

    30 April 2014 at 06:03 |
    But whatever happened to the "If I do something questionable (whatever that may be, and maybe it's this stuff listed here), I should "get tested"?" And what the hell, "get tested"? I'm HIV+, I' not gonna get an HIV test, can you be a little more clear and less nihilistic in your "everyone get tested all the time" story? Jees. If you do something that worries you, don't wait to get tested, get tested tomorrow! Not at 3 freakin' months! Is this for people or for pencil pushers? This isn't for people who are actually out there doin' it! Cripes! And as for the "more partners every 6 months should get tested every 3", you'll have to send me a (pdf) drawing. When do I get tested? After 5 men, or what? Or if I think I have had sex with 5, plan to have sex with 5 more, then I say "yes, now I test!" Why is this so silly?

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