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Take a test this HIV Testing Week

03 Jun 2021

 

1-7 June is HIV Testing Week and with the challenges of COVID-19, HIV testing is still as important as ever. Testing is the only way to know your HIV status and making HIV testing a regular part of your sexual health care routine is encouraged.


Dr Sheena Kakar from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) Public Health Unit says early diagnosis and starting treatment as soon as possible is the best way to stay healthy.

 

“Treatment today is highly effective and means that people living with HIV can enjoy a long and healthy life. Effective treatment also stops the transmission of HIV to sexual partners,” says Dr Kakar.

 

"You can get tested at your local GP or sexual health service," she says.

 

"Or if you prefer, you can test yourself easily in the privacy of your home with a free Dried Blood Spot (DBS) kit. The DBS kit comes confidentially in the mail and the results are available via text, email or over the phone."

 

HIV testing is easy and confidential. You should get tested for HIV if you:

  • are a man who has sex with other men
  • had sex when traveling in, or with someone from a country where HIV is common
  • come from a country where HIV is common
  • used injecting equipment after someone else
  • think you’ve been at risk

NBMLHD has Sexual Health Clinics at Nepean Hospital and Blue Mountains Hospital, offering a professional, caring and non-judgemental service.

To book a test visit: www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/sexual-health

More information on HIV testing is available here: www.health.nsw.gov.au/endinghiv/Pages/HIV-testing.aspx