With Sydney gripped by Mardi Gras fever and its focus on the LGBTIQ community, it’s also a great opportunity to shine a light on LGBTIQ health concerns.
One particular area of concern is HIV prevention. Late last year ACON launched the We Test campaign which urged all gay and bisexual men across NSW to continue testing regularly for HIV and STIs. Now this year the campaign enters into its second stage, We Can, which is focused on promoting cultures of care within the LGBTI community (i.e. community looking after community) as well as encouraging frequent HIV testing (at least 4 times a year).
ACON believes that with a concerted community effort “ending the transmission of HIV is possible if we test often, treat early and stay safe.”
So while you’re out enjoying all of the wonderful Mardi Gras festivities also take the time to speak to friends and family about healthy lifestyle habits so that we as a community can eliminate HIV.
For more information on We Test, visit the Ending HIV website: www.endinghiv.org.au